1. Home
  2. /
  3. Politics
  4. /
  5. Slideshow
  6. /
  7. West Virginia’s Bill To...

West Virginia’s Bill To Expel ‘Violent, Threatening, or Intimidating’ Students From Class Ends in Stalemate

A bill that would have allowed West Virginia teachers to remove disruptive students from their classes failed after lawmakers could not meet the required deadlines.

The bill aimed to address severe misbehavior among kindergarten and elementary school students but faced challenges in the legislative process.

Proposed Measures

Credit: DepositPhotos

Under the proposed bill, teachers would have had the authority to remove students exhibiting “violent, threatening, or intimidating” behavior from the classroom. 

Next Steps

Credit: DepositPhotos

The bill stipulated that after removal, these children were to be sent home under the supervision of their parents or enrolled in behavioral intervention programs.

Roadblocks for the Legislature

Credits: DepositPhotos

The bill encountered obstacles as the versions passed by the House and the Senate were slightly different, leading to a failure to reconcile differences before the deadline. 

Years of Discussion, No Outcome

Credit: DepositPhotos

Despite years of discussions on school discipline, the bill’s passage remained elusive, highlighting ongoing challenges in addressing student behavioral issues.

Impact of Behavioral Issues

Credit: DepositPhotos

The debate over the bill brings broader issues in the education system to the surface, including concerns about school discipline and behavioral problems among children affected by trauma and adverse experiences.

Poverty and Opioid Abuse in State

Credits: DepositPhotos

High rates of poverty and opioid overdoses in the state further compound challenges in providing a safe and conducive learning environment.

Disproportionate Discipline

Credit: DepositPhotos

A study by the State Department of Education revealed disparities in disciplinary actions. Students from marginalized backgrounds, including those in foster care and Black students, have faced more suspensions than white students.

The bill’s failure raised questions about addressing systemic issues contributing to these disparities.

Support and Opposition

Credit: DepositPhotos

Supporters of the bill, including Fayette County Republican Del. Elliott Pritt, argued that it would empower teachers to address “extreme behaviors” effectively.

Critics Decried Disproportionate Impact

Credits: DepositPhotos

However, critics like Cabell County Democratic Del. Sean Hornbuckle expressed concerns about the potential disproportionate impact on vulnerable student populations and the need to address underlying issues such as mental health.

Call for Comprehensive Solutions

Credit: DepositPhotos

Opponents of the bill, including Kanawha County Democratic Del. Mike Pushkin, called for addressing the root causes of behavioral issues rather than merely treating symptoms.

Pushkin emphasized the importance of prioritizing comprehensive solutions addressing societal problems contributing to student behavior.

Legislative Challenges

Credit: DepositPhotos

The failure of the bill points to serious legislative challenges in addressing complex issues such as school discipline and student behavior.

Lawmakers grapple with balancing the need for safe learning environments with concerns about equity, fairness, and the well-being of all students.

Read More From The Stock Dork

Credit: DepositPhotos