Ar. — In Arkansas, a new law adds an extra layer of protection for school districts when students transfer to schools in the state.
The new law requires prosecutors to notify schools if a student has charges including battery, sexual assault, kidnapping, or illegal use of a gun.
This is supposed to help the school ensure safety for students.
The Benton County Prosecuting Attorney, Nathan Smith, says he’s surprised the law passed because there’s no automatic way that the state becomes aware that a student is transferring.
“If its something that school districts need in the future we probably should amend the law in the future to make sure we achieve the goals set out by the law,” Smith said.
The law is set to take effect this summer.