The state of Missouri will put a new regulation into effect on January 1, 2017.
The law states that fights at school or on buses will be branded as felonies, which could result in up to four years in prison, fines, or probation.
A memorandum from Hazelwood School District reads:
We want to make you aware of a few new State Statutes that will go into effect on January 1, 2017, which may have a drastic impact on how incidents are handled in area school districts.
The way the new statue reads, if a person commits the offense of an assault in the third degree this will now be classified as a Class E Felony, rather than a misdemeanour. If he or she knowingly causes physical injury to another person (hits someone or has a fight with another individual and an injury occurs) – one or both participants may be charged with a Felony.”
Instead of a phone call home or school staff breaking up any fights, “School Resource Officers,” or local cops, will have the right to arrest children who are shown as aggressive. If a student is harmed during the altercation, the accused can be charged will third-degree assault.