School-to-Prison Pipeline Complete — New Law Makes Schoolyard Fights a Felony
This is a grotesque law. To charge kids with a felony for getting in a schoolyard fight, thus destroying their lives, since a felony has a huge impact on the felon’s future life, is a sign of where this country is headed. I was young once, and had a few fights, as did my friends. We got over it. Today, in Missouri, under this Orwellian law, kids face a bleak future. They can no longer be kids, no matter what age they are. If I lived in Missouri, I would decide to leave the State, but not everyone has the option to do so. Instead, parents face the prospect of their children being tried as felons for a schoolyard fight. How unreal? And unjust. Missouri needs to throw out this law. If the Legislators refuse to do so, they need to be replaced with people with common sense. – Shorty Dawkins, Editor
by Justin Gardner
On January 1, 2017, the state of Missouri will implement a public school policy sure to accelerate the descent into police state dystopia.
The Hazelwood School District put out a memo to parents and guardians stating that, according to Missouri statute, fights at school or on buses will be treated as felonies — which can result in up to four years of prison, fines or probation.
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 misdemeanor. 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.”
Gone are the days when teachers broke up fights and sent the kids home, calling the parents and perhaps suspending the kid if it was a serious incident. “School Resource Officers” or local cops now arrest the kids and, if there is any perceived injury (an arbitrary judgment), will charge them with third-degree assault – treating children cooped up in school as if they are violent adults on the streets.