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By Jennifer Palmer
Oklahoma Watch 

Bill would require long-term suspension of elementary students for assaulting teacher


April 13, 2017

Students as young as pre-K can be, and are, suspended from Oklahoma schools for as long as the remainder of the school year for violating school rules.

A proposal working its way through the Legislature would expand that by mandating lengthy suspensions for elementary students as young as third grade for assault or attempted assault against a teacher, school employee or volunteer. Currently, a default punishment of suspension for the rest of the semester and entire next semester starts in sixth grade.

If Senate Bill 81 by Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, is passed, there will likely be more eleme...

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