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Sponsors: Reps. Kelly, Govan and Clemmons
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Introduced in the House on January 27, 2009
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Disturbing schools
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/27/2009 House Introduced and read first time HJ-12 1/27/2009 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-12 2/12/2009 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Govan 2/26/2009 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Clemmons
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 16-17-420, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE OFFENSE OF DISTURBING SCHOOLS, SO AS TO EXPAND THE PURVIEW OF THE OFFENSE TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL UNLAWFUL CONDUCT ON THE GROUNDS OR PROPERTY OF A SCHOOL OR COLLEGE AND TO INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR THE OFFENSE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 63-19-1020, RELATING TO INSTITUTING PROCEEDINGS AGAINST A CHILD, SO AS TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES BEFORE A REFERRAL TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE FOR THE STATUS OFFENSE OF INCORRIGIBILITY AND TO REQUIRE CERTAIN FAMILY AND INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING FOR THE CHILD AND THE FAMILY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 16-17-420 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 16-17-420. (A) It
shall beis unlawful for a person:
For any personwho is not a student to wilfully or unnecessarily (a) to interfere with, disrupt, or todisturb in any way or in any place the students or teachers of anythe normal operations of a school or college in this State , by:
(a) entering upon school or college grounds or property without the permission of the principal or president in charge;
to loiterloitering upon or about suchschool or college premises or grounds or property, after notice is given to vacate the grounds or property and after having reasonable opportunity to vacate;
to act in an obnoxious manner thereoninitiating a physical assault on, or fighting with, another person on school or college grounds or property;
(d) being loud or boisterous on school or college grounds or property after instruction by school or college personnel to refrain from the conduct;
(e) threatening physical harm to a student or school or college employee while on school or college grounds or property; or
(f) threatening the use of deadly force on school or college property or involving school or college grounds or property when the person has the present ability, or is reasonably believed to have the present ability, to carry out the threat.
For the purposes of this item, 'person who is not a student' means a person who is not enrolled in, or who is suspended or expelled from, the school or college that the person interferes with, disrupts, or disturbs at the time the interference, disruption, or disturbance occurs.
For any person who is a student to: (a) enter upon any such school or college premises or (b) loiter around the premises, except on business, without the permission of the principal or president in charge knowingly and wilfully interfere with, disrupt, or disturb the normal operations of a school or college in this State by making verbal statements or engaging in physical actions that promote, entice, or encourage another person to commit a violent crime or crimes involving criminal gang activity pursuant to the provisions of Article 3, Chapter 8, Title 16 while on the property of a school or college in this State.
For the purposes of this item, 'student' means a person who is enrolled in, and who is not suspended or expelled from, the school or college that the person, as provided in this item, interferes with, disrupts, or disturbs at the time the interference, disruption, or disturbance occurs.
AnyA person violating any of the provisionswho violates a provision of this section shall beis guilty of a misdemeanor and, onupon conviction thereof, shall pay a fine ofmust be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than onetwo thousand dollars or beimprisoned in the county jailfor not less than thirtyninety days nor more than ninety daysone year."
SECTION 2. Section 63-19-1020 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 361 of 2008, is amended to read:
"Section 63-19-1020. (A) The parent or custodian of a child, an official of a child welfare board, a public official charged by law with the care of the poor, the recognized agents of an agency, association, society, or institution, a person having knowledge or information of a nature which convinces the person that a child is delinquent or that a child, by reason of his own acts in accordance with this chapter, is subject to the jurisdiction of the court,
anya person who has suffered injury through the delinquency of a child, or an officer having an arrested child in charge, may institute a proceeding respecting the child.
(B) However, prior to the Department of Juvenile Justice accepting a referral for the status offense of incorrigibility or the filing of a petition against a child for incorrigibility, the party seeking to institute a proceeding against a child for incorrigibility shall provide documentation indicating that family counseling involving the parent, guardian, or custodian and the child previously was sought in an attempt to address the incorrigible behavior of the child. This family counseling may be obtained from a variety of community resources including, but not limited to, family or individual counseling with a licensed therapist, counselor, or clergy member; parenting improvement classes; or other family therapy services that evidence a previous reasonable effort by the parent, guardian, or custodian to resolve the challenges confronting the family unit. If no prior assistance was sought, the department shall refer the parent or guardian to assistance that is available locally in their home community or shall provide this assistance to the family."
SECTION 3. The repeal or amendment by this act of any law, whether temporary or permanent or civil or criminal, does not affect pending actions, rights, duties, or liabilities founded thereon, or alter, discharge, release or extinguish any penalty, forfeiture, or liability incurred under the repealed or amended law, unless the repealed or amended provision shall so expressly provide. After the effective date of this act, all laws repealed or amended by this act must be taken and treated as remaining in full force and effect for the purpose of sustaining any pending or vested right, civil action, special proceeding, criminal prosecution, or appeal existing as of the effective date of this act, and for the enforcement of rights, duties, penalties, forfeitures, and liabilities as they stood under the repealed or amended laws.
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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