Schools would no longer be forced to expel or suspend students caught with a fishing knife or baseball bat in their car on school grounds under legislation approved by the state House on Tuesday.
The House approved House Bill 826, by Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, by a vote of 170-0. Setlzer’s bill aims to eliminate situations where a student has a rescue knife or fishing knife in his car on school grounds and is automatically suspended from school and charged with a crime.
Setlzer gave an example of a student in his district who had two fishing poles and a tackle box in his trunk. Inside the tackle box were three fishing knives. The student was kicked out of school and automatically faced criminal charges.