New law gives teachers access to students' criminal past

POSTED: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Juvenile criminal records are usually always closed, but now a new bill passed by Gov. Perry means teachers can have access to criminal histories of their students.

The law requires written notification if a student is arrested and details about students on parole.

Legislatures hope to ensure a safer learning environment after a Tyler, Texas teacher was stabbed by a student in 2009.

One children's advocacy center in Waco says the new law is a double edged sword.

"So often teaching has become a dangerous profession. But also, we believe that children have the right to get help, and if the offender gets the help and can be a productive citizens then they have the right to have that record sealed," said Amy Perkins with the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children.

Some say they wonder how much a school can really do with the criminal information.

The new law will take effect in Oct.


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