A coastal Republican lawmaker said he wants to make sure school faculty will not face charges or suspension for breaking up a fight between students or intervening to control bullying.
State Sen. Raymond Cleary, R-Georgetown, pre-filed S. 843 earlier this month. The bill has been referred to the Senate’s Committee on Education for the upcoming January session.
The bill reads that a teacher or school volunteer “may gratuitously intervene on behalf of a student subjected to harassment, intimidation, or bullying.”
A Georgia teacher faced suspension in 2012 after he allegedly intervened in a student altercation, although the school district accused the teacher of going too far. Cleary told South Carolina Radio Network he didn’t want to see the same thing deter action from school district faculty in South Carolina.
“The last thing you want is the bus driver to be watching your sixth grader getting pummeled by an eighth grader and the bus drivers says, ‘Well, I can’t get involved,'” Cleary said. “My intent is that … the adults have the ability to separate an altercation, that’s all.”