It must be Matt Denn day here at Exceptional Delaware! In any event, Delaware Attorney General appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with Jill Horner on March 21st to talk about Senate Bill 207. This legislation would make it so schools do not have to call the police every time there is a fight in a Delaware public school. The schools still could, but they would have discretion based on the circumstances and the potential of serious injury. As well, SB207 would mandate schools disclose the contact information for the Ombudsman at the DOJ who deals with school bullying issues to parents.
Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn talked about Senate Bill 207 yesterday, the new legislation introduced by Senator Margaret Rose Henry on Thursday. The bill’s purpose is to change the rules about fighting in schools so the police aren’t automatically called. Meanwhile, downstate, a 13 year old African-American teenager was arrested for a fight at school.
The father alleges the police handcuffed him, arrested him, and took him to the local hospital. He was put in a closed room for six hours and his mother was not allowed to see him. As well, the father claims blood was drawn from his son without consent.
For purposes of this article, I am not revealing the names of the child or his family. But I will say many are up in arms over this matter and I can’t really blame them. In my opinion, the way this was handled was absolutely over the top and absurd. The last thing we need is more action by the police that is viewed as excessive. I’m sure this will come out with more detail by the major media over the next few days.
In the meantime, check out Senate Bill 207. Had this legislation come out earlier, yesterday’s events may not have happened. My sympathies to this family for going through this ordeal.