Idaho Lamaker Pulls Bill That Would Have Locked Student Felons Out of Schools 

"I don’t want to have a 16-year-old kid that gets in trouble at school get expelled from school and not ever be able to return."

Conceding that his proposed measure might have unintended consequences, Twin Falls Republican Sen. Lee Heider shelved his bill that would have barred students convicted of crimes of violence or felonies from public schools.

Heider said he introduced his proposed legislation after speaking with two students in his district, who returned to school after a stint in prison for trafficking drugs. Heider claimed that the two returnees impregnated two females at the school.

But the lawmaker has now pulled the bill after receiving feedback.

“I don’t want to have a 16-year-old kid that gets in trouble at school get expelled from school and not ever be able to return,” Heider said, according to the Twin Falls Times-News. "This isn't about kids getting in a fistfight at school, or students who have done time in juvenile detention. It's about those who have spent time in prison."

But Heider hasn't killed the idea. The Times-News reports that Heider hasn't decided yet whether to amend the bill for the current session of the Idaho Legislature or "try again next year."

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