Illinois Students Facing Felony Charges Could Face Suspension
Students in Illinois who are charged with a violent felony could face suspension under a new proposed bill. An Illinois lawmaker recently proposed a bill that would allow school districts to suspend or expel students who have been charged with a violent felony regardless of where the alleged crime occurred.
The bill was proposed after a parent notified the lawmaker that a student charged with aggravated battery for allegedly raping another student in the school parking lot was able to return to school. The student was allowed to continue attending the school because the alleged crime did not happen on school property.
The lawmaker proposed the bill in response to this case, saying the bill would allow the school district to suspend or expel students charged with violent felonies to keep students safe. The lawmaker believes his proposed bill will pass and if it does, it would go into effect immediately in Illinois.
Many students in Illinois could be impacted if this bill is passed and becomes a law. The bill could have devastating consequences on students charged with violent crimes, especially if they are expelled from school. This could impact their ability to graduate high school on time or at all, which would also impact their ability to attend college or find a job.
This bill is somewhat troubling for students charged with violent felonies because it does not require that the student be convicted of the crime before the school district can decide to suspend or expel the student. The student only has to be charged with a violent felony for the school district to issue a suspension or expulsion.
Students should be aware of this proposed bill because if it passes and they are ever charged with a violent felony, they could face very serious consequences as well as be suspended or expelled from school that could impact the rest of their lives even if they are never convicted.
Source: KMOV, “Ill. schools could get option to suspend students with violent felonies,” Feb. 12, 2014