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Tenn. bill gives teachers more power against threats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A bill that has passed the state Senate gives teachers and other school personnel more authority to act against students who pose a safety threat to themselves or others.

Senate Bill 3116 is set for review in the House Education Committee on Tuesday, according to The Commercial Appeal.

The measure requires local school boards to adopt policies authorizing teachers and others to temporarily relocate a student with "reasonable or justifiable force," with less fear of liability. School officials also could make the student remain in place until law enforcement or school resource officers arrive.

Sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, the bill also requires school principals to fully support teachers in taking action when it is done according to the policy.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal.

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