Politics

Proposed Texas Law Would Allow Teachers To Kill Students

| by Michael Allen

Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn (R) is proposing a new law called The Teacher’s Protection Act, which would allow teachers to use force or deadly force against students or anyone else on campus.

Under the bill, a teacher would not be prosecuted if he or she killed a student, if the teacher felt the need to protect him or herself. Teachers would also be allowed to kill someone to protect school property, notes the Houston Chronicle.

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Current Texas law allows the "use of force, but not deadly force" by a teacher if he or she "reasonably believes the force is necessary to further the special purpose or to maintain discipline in a group."

The Wall Street Journal noted that teachers and other school employees in Texas are already allowed to have guns on campus, thanks to a law passed after the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012.

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Teacher safety was recently in the news after a New Jersey instructor was reportedly attacked by a student over a cell phone (video below).

Sources: Houston Chronicle, Wall Street Journal
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