Friday, March 03, 2006
Save the teachers
Legislation to give private-school teachers the same legal protection against violence enjoyed by public-school teachers was approved by the state Assembly Thursday.
Sponsored by Assemblyman James Holzapfel, R-Ocean, the bill would amend a 1983 law that upgraded simple assault, usually a disorderly persons offense, to a third-degree crime if the attack is on a public-school teacher, administrator, school board member or other school district employee.
Private-school teachers and other employees are not covered by the 1983 law, a point emphasized by the state Supreme Court in a January decision.
Holzapfel's bill would make the third-degree charge apply also to attacks on private-school teachers and other staff members.
The proposal heads to the state Senate for consideration.