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New Law Would Allow Texas Teachers to View Students' Criminal Records

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A bill on the Texas governor’s desk would allow teachers to view the criminal history of their students, MyFoxHouston.com reported.

The “Teacher Protection Bill” would allow teachers to unseal juvenile records, which had previously been protected under state law, the station reported.

"I've seen the list of things our kids are on probation for, things like aggravated sexual assault,” Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, told the station. “That's not a child I want a teacher not knowing about.”

The "Teacher Protection Bill" passed just before the Texas Legislature closed its session in May, the Lewisville Leader reported. Now it must be signed by Gov. Rick Perry.

Opponents of the bill say if passed, it would infringe on the students' right to privacy.

"The problem comes when we start giving notice of an arrest,” Chris Tritico, the station’s legal analyst said. “Now every time a child has any accusation, he hasn't even been found guilty or to be a delinquent. Now we're telling all teachers and superintendents that this guy is a criminal and going through the process.”



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Do you think this bill should be passed, or do you feel like it crosses the line?

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this bill. On the surface, it looks good as far as protecting the teachers, but then students with criminal records gets labled. Is this really fair to them?

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sugarnspice005

Jun 15 @ 12:19AM  
Someone is making up for lost time tonight!

This bill, I feel it crosses a line. Juvenile records are sealed for a reason...to give kids who made stupid mistakes a chance to reform and become productive. Most grow up and learn, there are a few who do not.

Now, if the crime was violent, an actual rape (not a case of a date saying they are of legal age of consent, and then it turns out they are not), or a murder conviction, then maybe, for the safety of teachers and fellow students...maybe release to the school.
RevDocLove

Jun 15 @ 8:41AM  
Sad news for those of you who think juvie records can't be accessed..
They can be and are whenever someone in authority thiks it's necessary
somnium

Jun 15 @ 2:52PM  
Well... if I were a young male student and my teacher was a sizzling hot blonde like the ones that were busted for molesting a student or two of theirs in the past- HELL yeah- she could check me out whether she suspected I had a criminal record or not!


40DWM

Jun 15 @ 3:00PM  
IMHO, if 'little Johnny' is in 12th grade or less, and has a criminal record.....I'd think
that's an indicator, that something is fekked up.
Why not give the teachers a 'heads up', on potential trouble?

I can think of one Texas School Teacher here, that would hate to be gang-raped by a bunch of 16 year old boys....... ew, eww, ewwww


(or would he???? )

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