BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – A Belleville state lawmaker wants school districts to be able to suspend or expel students facing violent felonies.
After a parent expressed concern that a student was still in school although he was facing sexual assault and illegal possession of ammunition charges, State Rep. Jay Hoffman took up the cause. He’s introduced a bill that would change state law and allow school districts the option of suspending or expelling such students for a certain period of time.
Dr. Jeff Dosier, the Belleville District 201 Superintendent, supports House Bill 47-75.
“I believe that it’s important for school administrators to have one more tool that they can use to be able to keep our schools safe,” says Dosier.
He adds that each case must still be evaluated on an individual basis. Hoffman’s bill has had a first reading and has been referred to committee.