Proposed legislation will push school districts to comply with threat assessment requirement

This combo from photos provided by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office shows James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley. The parents of Ethan Crumbley, a teen accused of killing four students in a shooting at Oxford High School, plead not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges on Saturday.

“Every incident, when someone in a school is injured at the hands of another is heartbreaking,” Griffin said. “And we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent that in Illinois.”

House Bill 1561, passed Aug. 26, 2019, requires districts the have a threat assessment plan filed with their Regional Office of Education that is reviewed by the school board annually, but only updated by the district every four years.

“Today the IEA is addressing the increased violence in our schools by calling for school administrators to immediately comply with the School Threat Assessment law,” Griffin said, announcing new legislation to track which districts are following the law, and reminding school districts that they can use ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund) dollars to hire mental health staff to support our students.

While Griffin and the legislators could not provide numbers of districts not in compliance, Griffin said reports from teachers are showing that there is an increase in fights, children even in lower grades behaving in ways that teachers have never seen in the past, a lack of social skills and outbursts that Griffin attributes to the COVID-19 pandemic and the extra stressors that are affecting adults and children alike.

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December 15, 2021 at 06:46PM

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