Calls continue for state to change 'disturbing schools law'

Calls continue for state to change 'disturbing schools law'

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The push continues by some in Richland County to change a controversial law here in the Palmetto State.

Thursday night, many people attended a town hall at Richland Library Sandhills to discuss the state's disturbing school's law. The law has been under the microscope since the Spring Valley incident of 2015 where a high school student was slammed out of her desk by a school resource officer for refusing to leave class.

She and another student were charged under the 'disturbing schools law,' which gives law enforcement the power to step in if a child disturbs or interferes
with school instruction.

State senator Mia McLeod says she feels that law is too vague and has introduced a bill to change it.

"My bill would take students within the schools out of the equations," Senator McLeod said, "so that only the student and others who come onto the school grounds, or come onto school campuses, for the purpose of doing our students harm or doing our teachers or administrators or staffers harm those are the students that would be arrested."

McLeod is facing some opposition with her bill, however. That opposition has been coming from the South Carolina Sheriff's Association and some state prosecutors.

The bill is set to be taken up by Senate lawmakers later on this month.

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