January 20, 2017

Saturday Town Hall To Discuss Charging Children As Felons

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By Diane Krauthamer

Revisions have been made to the Missouri criminal code which will make it easier for minors to be charged as felons. This controversial legislation will the subject of a town hall meeting on Saturday morning, Jan. 21st, at 9:00 a.m. at Center High School, 8701 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Recent media reports suggest that the controversial new revisions to the Missouri criminal code, which were made on Jan. 1, 2017, will force teachers or administrators to report bullying and harassment to law enforcement because these are now considered felonies, rather than misdemeanors.

However, State Rep. DaRon McGee, D-Kansas City, says this is a misconception of what the legislation will actually do.

“It’s not like your kid gets into a fight on the schoolyard and a teacher signs a note saying ‘Oh they’re a felon.’ That’s not how it works. You have to go through the processes to charge a child as a felon,” he said.

“A lot of rumors have been going around about this law, and I want to provide some facts,” McGee added, regarding Saturday’s town hall.

 

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