Lawmakers discuss bill that would allow teachers to restrain students in some situations

Posted at 8:56 PM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 21:56:24-04

Conservative lawmakers in Nebraska are pushing for a bill that would allow teachers to restrain disruptive students.

The measure says they could use "necessary physical force" on disruptive students. It clarifies they can use physical force to restrain violent students and restrain students without force if they destroy property. 

The bill aims to protect teachers from legal action or administrative discipline. 

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte, says it's a common-sense law. 

Opponents say the state should not pass any law allowing teachers to hurt children.

Supporters defeated an attempt to kill it today, however, they don't appear to have the 33 votes needed to defeat a filibuster.