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State Senate passes bills expelling students convicted of criminal sexual conduct

The Michigan Senate in Lansing.
Lester Graham
Michigan Radio file photo
The Michigan House of Representatives

Legislation meant to prevent victims of sex crimes from attending school with their attackers is one step closer to the governor's desk.

The bills – HB 5530, HB 5531 and HB 5532 – would ban students convicted of criminal sexual conduct from attending the same school as their victim.

The permanently expelled student would still be able to enroll in a cyber school.

“We support any legislation that protects students, whether it's victims of sexual assault or potential gun violence,” said Michigan Education Association spokesperson David Crim.

Crim says school administrators will have the job of appropriately enforcing the law if it's passed.

“All situations aren't black and white, and they're going to have to deal with it on a case-by-case basis,” he said.

The package of bills unanimously cleared the state Senate this week.

Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Radio. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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