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Bill Would Keep Violent Offense Suspects Out of Schools

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SPRINGFIELD, Il. (KMOX) – A Belleville high school student accused of sexual assault off campus later became a suspect in an on-campus sexual assault case.

State Representative Jay Hoffman of Swansea is proposing a bill that would give Illinois School Superintendents and school boards latitude to keep violent offense suspects out of regular classrooms until the legal process is finished.

If convicted of a violent off-campus crime, the student could be suspended or expelled.

“In Illinois, in most states, you can only expel or suspend a student for actions that happened on school grounds or during school activities,” Hoffman says.

Hoffman says currently in Illinois, school districts cannot segregate students accused of committing off-campus violent crimes.

“Still have to do process safeguards in place for a student but I believe that it is highly important to ensure the safety of students, as well as the teachers and others who work at the school,” Hoffman says.

Hoffman’s bill passed the Illinois House and is awaiting review in the Senate.

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