3 bills aimed at school safety pass Senate Education Committee

Rep. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, explained the contents of his bill, the “School Terrorism Prevention Act,” to the Senate Education Committee on Thursday. (Photo: Kaylee Poche, LSU Manship School News Service)

Kaylee Poche and Joby Richard

Several bills aimed at increasing student safety passed the Senate Education Committee Thursday and now head to the full Senate.

One would require any K-12 student who makes threats against a classmate to undergo mental health evaluation before returning to school. Another would prevent public or charter schools from hiring anyone convicted of a felony. One more would require anti-hazing discussions at college orientation and require suspensions or expulsions for hazing violations.

A bill by Rep. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, would require individuals who threaten violence at elementary and secondary schools to complete a mental health evaluation before returning to campus.

Bacala said he authored the bill in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February. He said the current threat identification system is reactive rather than proactive.

Read the full article in KALB.

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