Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 22, 2015
Sen. Ron Sharp
Senate bill signed to protect school employees
School employees will soon be protected from
liability for acting in their official duty at school functions
under legislation signed into law Tuesday. Senate Bill 5, by retired
educator Sen. Ron
Sharp and Rep. Josh Cockroft, will provide immunity from liability
for teachers and other school employees for use of necessary and
reasonable force to control and discipline a student during any
authorized school function.
“This bill is about keeping both students and school employees
safe. When there’s an altercation, be it in a classroom or
other school function, school employees should be able to do whatever
is necessary to stop it. Sometimes, physical restraint of a student
is required to calm the individual down and stop the fight,”
said Sharp, R-Shawnee. “Unfortunately, because of fear of
lawsuits, some school employees won’t get involved but will
simply call for help allowing more time to pass and the fight to
escalate, which can be extremely dangerous for everyone involved.
This bill will allow school employees to use reasonable force to
stop an altercation without fear of being sued by the kids’
SB 5 provides liability protection to school employees for the use
of necessary and reasonable force to control and discipline a student
during school hours, in transit to or from the school, or any other
function authorized by the school district.
The new law will go into effect November 1, 2015.
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