Senate Changes Law Against Assaulting Teachers
Legislation making it a felony for a student to assault a North Carolina school teacher has been scaled back. The change makes it a felony only for a repeat offense.
A Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday amended a bill that had made assaulting a teacher the lowest-grade felony on a first offense.
Now under the bill, a first assault remains a misdemeanor. But a second assault would be a level above the lowest-level felony and subsequent assaults would be higher grade felonies. Judges would have the option of sentencing offenders to prison time for the felonies.
The measure now heading to the Senate floor still exempts children younger than 16 years old and those with disabilities.