Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
May 30, 2006
Senator Charles Laster
Victim’s Rights Bill for Students, Faculty, Signed Into Law
A bill to protect students and victims of violent
crime from their attackers was signed into law by Gov. Brad Henry
Senate Bill 1597 by Sen. Charlie Laster, will protect the rights
of juvenile victims by limiting contact between attackers and school-age
victims of violent crime.
“This law ensures that victims of violent crime will be
notified if an adjudicated juvenile offender returns to school,
and gives the student the option of telling the school they wish
to avoid contact with their attacker,” said Laster, D-Shawnee.
Under previous law, school districts were not required to inform
victims that their attacker was returning to school, noted Laster.
“A child who was been a victim of violent crime should not
have to go to school and see their attacker sitting across from
them in a classroom,” Laster said. “This law ensures
that alternative arrangements will be made available to students
Anne Roberts, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Institute for
Child Advocacy, said the bill provides important reforms to keep
schools safe. “School should be a safe place for a child to
learn and grow,” said Roberts. “This bill provides a
balanced approach to keep both students in school, with the chance
to learn valuable life lessons.”
“The important child welfare provisions of this measure have
been much-needed, and I am pleased the Governor has signed the bill
into law,” said Laster.
For more information, contact:
Senator Laster's Office: (405) 521-5539