As your kids wrap up another school year, officials say fewer tickets were given to kids in the first year that a new law went into effect limiting what school police can do. However, not everyone thinks that means schools are safer.
“I don’t think our schools are safer,” Brawner told KTRH News.
That’s because in many cases, school police have had their hands tied.
“Two years ago, if you possessed a switch blade knife on school grounds it was a felony. Now it’s a violation of school rules,” Brawner explained.
And he said the law has had a negative impact on the victims of school misbehavior.
"We have students who have lost their rights to be a complainant. Parents have wanted to file on behalf of their child and have not been able to do that,” Brawner said.
Brawner is among a group of officials that met with State Senator John Whitmire in Austin about this. But Whitmire, who co-wrote the new law, told KTRH the numbers prove the law is working.
“The message has gone out. There are better options than ticketing,” Whitmire stated.
Whitmire believes the law has eliminated tickets being given out for less serious offenses.
“Throwing an eraser, cursing, being in the hall is not violating a law. Routinely in the past those things would get you a citation,” Whitmire explained.
Whitmire thinks the law is working, but school law enforcement officials like Brawner are hoping some things get tweaked in next year's legislative session.