Days after the horrific shooting at an elementary school in Texas, California Senate Democrats passed a law removing the mandatory notification to law enforcement of any threats or assaults at schools. It’s a new law, SB 1273, introduced by State Senator Steven Bradford. The State Senate passed it, but not everyone, even in their own party, is happy about it. The bill now moves to the State House, and then on to Newsom.
“I can’t believe that just two days after the heartbreaking events in Texas, the State Senate would pass a measure making our children less safe at school. … Requiring teachers to report threats of violence in the classroom may be the only warning law enforcement has to prevent a future violent attack.
“Threats of violence deserve the attention of law enforcement. … Parents should feel safe sending their kids to school. Eliminating the mandatory reporting requirement, by passing SB 1273, makes our schools more susceptible to a repeat of what happened in Texas – and that is unacceptable.”
State Sen. Melissa Melendez (D-Lake Elsinore)
Why would they do such a thing? They want to prevent kids from having too many run-ins with police officers. It’s that equity argument. They say that minority students are harmed by such reporting. It will all now be voluntary. The only time they’ll have to report something is when it directly falls under the Federal Gun Free Zone law. By then, it’s often too late.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has praised the Bradford bill as promoting racial “equity”: “Once students make contact with law enforcement, they are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to wind up in jail or prison. These harms fall disproportionately on students from marginalized groups: Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students, as well as students with disabilities, are disproportionately referred to law enforcement, cited, and arrested” (original emphasis).
Proponents claim the bill will “protect students from unnecessary interactions with law enforcement.”
The sad fact is that this is the exact situation that led to the Parkland shooting. Cruz was a troubled young man and the school district and Broward County Sheriff attempted tokeep him out of the “police pipeline” until he went on a killing rampage. This is the same kind of thing that led to the Uvalde shooting. No one said anything to law enforcement about Ramos dragging around a bloody sack full of dead cats. Failure to report a child with obvious problems is a good way to get children killed.
Troubled kids don’t just wake up one morning and decide to murder a bunch of children. They think about doing something deadly for a long time. California Senate Democrats are playing with fire, endangering every child in the California school systems.
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