A new Missouri law that will go into effect January 1, 2017, could result in students getting charged with a felony or even jail time for fighting at school. Under this new statute, fighting would result in students being sent to a juvenile detention center and be charged with a Class E felony, WBTV reports.
That means they could spend up to four years in jail.
Sikeston DPS Sergeant Jon Broom said he hopes this new rule will make students think twice before getting into a fight. “A felony down the road is something that will definitely hamper you down the road for sure,” Broom said.
Broom also said he hopes this new rule alerts students think twice before getting into alternation.
“I would definitely speak with them and talk with them and let them know just a fist fight anymore could definitely mean a felony,” he said. “Something that could follow you on down the road and could make life difficult for you.”
If you have a younger child, they are not exempt from this change. This new rule effects all students no matter the grade level or age.