An Act decriminalizing non-violent and verbal student misconduct

Statements and non-violent actions by students that used to result in detentions are now too frequently resulting in arrests and criminal prosecutions.  These unnecessary arrests for non-violent and verbal conduct curtail future educational and employment options for the students and increase the burden on our court system.  This legislation would revise current criminal law and prohibit its use for non-violent misconduct in schools, allowing arrest and prosecution only for more serious acts of misconduct.  It would also further define the role police officers have in schools to ensure they are there to promote safety rather than enforce school discipline.