A north Louisiana lawmaker seeks to end bullying in Louisiana schools with a comprehensive bill waiting to be heard in this legislative session. Shreveport senator and attorney John Milkovich says his bill requires that instances of bullying be reported to law enforcement within 24 hours.
“I think kids, students, everybody takes it more seriously when a certified, trained police officer shows up. It lets kids know that it’s real,” Milkovich said.
The bill also gives teachers the power take all steps necessary to prevent bullying and keep students safe, including using physical force. Milkovich says this would prevent teachers from being suspended for breaking up fights.
“If teachers are using reasonable physical force to protect kids, they cannot be sued for that, they cannot be suspended, they cannot be demoted, they cannot be punished by the school board system. The teachers are protected for doing the right thing,” Milkovich said.
Milkovich says students need a safe place to learn. He says that’s why his bill allows teachers to do whatever it takes to keep children safe on school campuses, even if that means taking a bully out of class.
“Teachers may have violent students removed and placed in the custody of police. So they can move immediately, either themselves physically or by getting the police involved,” Milkovich said.
The bill will first be heard by the Senate education committee. A hearing date has not been scheduled.