The provincial government has announced amendments to the province’s Schools Act in the wake of an unusual situation that played out in Stephenville earlier this year.
Many students were surprised to learn that there was nothing in the legislation to prevent an underage student, charged with serious sexual offences, from sitting in class with some of his alleged victims.
The incident sparked school protests and widespread discussion on the safety of students in schools.
Education Minister Al Hawkins today announced an amendment to the Schools Act that will allow School District Directors and CEOs the authority to remove students from school if their presence is deemed detrimental to the physical or mental well-being of others.
The amendment will begin second reading today.
Minister Hawkins indicates the amendment will help to ensure a safe learning environment for students.
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