Tue March 13, 2012
Delaware Considering Relaxing Standards for Reporting School Crime to Police
DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are continuing to reconsider Delaware's school crime reporting requirements.
House lawmakers on Tuesday were expected to take up a bill that revises the current mandatory school crime reporting requirements.
The goal of the legislation is to ensure that the most serious offenses are reported to police while allowing school officials to handle minor offenses without having to report them.
Lawmakers began reassessing Delaware zero-tolerance policy toward certain school crimes in 2009 following embarrassing incidents involving a first-grader who brought a camping utensil with a folding knife, fork and spoon to school, and a fifth-grader who was ordered expelled after she brought a birthday cake to school and a serrated knife to cut it with.