House approves legislation to safeguard students on school property
State Rep. Peter Lucido today co-sponsored and voted for legislation to help protect students who are underage victims of sex crimes on school districts property.
The three-bill package requires schools to permanently expel students who are convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another pupil enrolled in the same school district; prohibit an expelled student from attending another public school in Michigan unless they go through a reinstatement process; and, if a personal protection order is ordered for the victim of sexual assaults, the offender would be prohibited from entering the victim’s school.
“It is simply ridiculous that underage victims and their assailants can be in the same classroom in the state of Michigan,” said Lucido of Shelby Township. “All victims of criminal sexual conduct deserve protection – whether they’re adults or kids in schools – but we have crime victims begging for protection and having to change schools. We need to change that.”
Currently, a school is only required to expel a student who commits a sex crime on school grounds.
“A school campus should be a safe education environment for all students and nothing more,” Lucido said. “Anyone who commits criminal sexual conduct is a threat to the entire school community and needs to be dealt with seriously.”
House Bills 5530, 5531 and 5532 advance to the Senate for its consideration.