Among the amendments adopted was one that bans corporal punishment of special education (IEP) students. This is great news for those who have been identified as special educated students, but is Missouri going to continue to fight to keep corporal punishment legal in Missouri schools?
Besides that issue, there is the continuing problem where school districts are left to conduct their own investigations if there are abuse allegations after spanking or use of force to protect persons or property. Children's services would not be allowed to conduct an investigation unless the school district finds itself liable for abuse.
As in last year's bill, "use of force" and "property destruction" are not defined, and since Missouri does not ban prone restraint (or other harmful methods of "force"), a child can legally be held face down for property destruction as minor as ripping up paper. In other words, what is happening currently to this child will continue to be LEGAL.
(4) Adds the use of force to protect persons or property by
school district personnel to the provisions regarding spanking.
Neither act is to be considered as abuse that would be
investigated by the Children's Division within the Department of
Social Services as long as the spanking or use of force does not
give rise to an allegation of sexual misconduct and another
employee is present as a witness at a spanking;
Your help is urgently needed to push for real reform for the safety of children attending school.
Consider contacting the Missouri House Special Standing Committee on Children and Families :
http://house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills101/commit/com488.htm and Elementary and Secondary Education Committee: http://house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills101/commit/com455.htm
And the Missouri Senate Education Committee: http://www.senate.mo.gov/10info/comm/educ.htm and the Joint Committee on Education: http://www.senate.mo.gov/10info/comm/statutory/jced.htm
Copy and paste URLs:
HB 1543: http://www.house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills101/bills/hb1543.htm
HB 96: http://nomoseclusion.blogspot.com/search?q=HB%2096