Missouri House Bill Shields Students For Using Fake Guns At School
Date 2014/4/11 4:25:52 | Topic: News
|JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.|
The bill advanced Wednesday would shield students from discipline of fines for "simulating a weapon while playing."
Sponsoring Republican Rep. Mike Kelley, of Lamar, says he was motivated by the Maryland case of a Baltimore second-grader suspended last year for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.
Opponents say the legislation could allow some students to encourage violence among their peers.
The measure would allow students to be disciplined for causing bodily harm, disrupting a learning environment or creating a serious threat. It needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.
Guns is HB1539