Mo. Statute Makes Simple School Fights a Felony
On January 1, 2017, a revised Mo. statute was placed into law that changes the way our children’s fights at school are handled and most parents not seemingly aware of the change (until it is too late).
Previous law dictated that a child in a physical conflict at school could be charged with a misdemeanor and be released to their parents. Now they can be charged a felony, which means prison time.
According to wbtv.
However, with the new law going into effect on January 1, that student will now head to a juvenile detention center and be charged with a Class E felony.
That means they could spend up to four years in jail.
Not only does this mean four years in prison as a potential sentence, but it also means the child will have a permanent record hindering their abilities to get into college or get jobs. According to the statute, an injury of some sort must be involved in order to lay the charges for the felony.
Sikeston DPS Sergeant Jon Broom said he hopes this new rule will make students think twice before getting into a fight.
“A felony down the road is something that will definitely hamper you down the road for sure,” Broom said.
Broom also said he hopes this new rule alerts students think twice before getting into alternation.
“I would definitely speak with them and talk with them and let them know just a fist fight anymore could definitely mean a felony,” he said. “Something that could follow you on down the road and could make life difficult for you.”
If you have a younger child, they are not exempt from this change.
At what age does this police sergeant figure a child understands the dire effects of having a felony on their record? Second-grade children have never been exposed to having to find a job, apply to college or even rent an apartment that requires a background check.
This sets up a child to have a pre-determined narrative in life. The child’s college chances are lessened and by default, that doubles down on his or her ability to find decent employment. All this results in is more poverty, which breeds crime.
Yet another reason why homeschool has become more popular. The public school system is becoming more and more a burden to children, as opposed to a benefit.
Author: Jim Satney
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