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Schools shouldn't bear burden of policing

In a presumed effort to toughen up on less serious crimes, the state of Missouri now classifies a third-degree assault as a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

Third-degree assault, as defined by Missouri statute, happens when "A person... knowingly causes physical injury to another person."

This could mean a punch, a slap or something similar not as serious a say, stabbing someone with a kitchen knife, would qualify as a felony.