Bonilla Bill to Increase Student Safety Approved by the Assembly and Senate

June 30, 2014 22:53 pm · 10 comments

Molestation victims in schools might soon have a new law on their side, according to Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord).

Assemblywoman Bonilla’s AB 2560, which passed both houses with unanimous bipartisan support, is now on its way to the Governor’s desk for final approval before it is signed into law. The bill ensures that applicants, who submit an initial or renewal credential application, understand their responsibilities as mandated reporters.

This bill was introduced to address the recent spike in troubling cases involving child abuse in schools.

“The safety of our students should always be our number one priority,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “It is unfathomable that children are not only being abused, but that misinterpretations of the law have allowed for it to persist.”

AB 2560 addresses the issue and improves student safety in schools by requiring all applicants who apply or renew their credential online or in paper form, to read a statement that outlines his or her duties as a mandated reporter. The applicants must attest by signature that he or she understands the obligation to report directly to law enforcement officials, and not only to school administrators of higher authority. This bill also requires that a written report of the suspected child abuse or neglect must be submitted within 36 hours of becoming aware of the incident.

“It is imperative that all school employees clearly understand their responsibilities as mandated reporters to ensure that once abuse or suspected abuse has occurred, it is stopped or prevented immediately. This bill does just that and reinforces the required steps that must be taken to increase student safety and maintain a trusting school environment.”

AB 2560 is a bill that works in tandem with AB 1432 by Assemblymember Gatto. Assemblywoman Bonilla is also a Co-Author of AB 1432, which requires training for all school employees on how to identify sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Whereas AB 1432 requires annual training, AB 2560 reaffirms the training, underlining the required duties of a mandated reporter.

Safety Scond June 30, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Whatever………just more fine-print legislation that creates union jobs while making more work for bureaucrats and trial lawyers.

AClaycordian July 1, 2014 at 3:59 AM

Mandated reporters already have to physically sign documentation stating that they understand the requirements to report suspected or actual child abuse. This is more, overlapping, feel-good legislation which doesn’t actually fix any problems or prevent child abuse, but, golly, doesn’t it give the impression that Bonilla gives a crap about kids?


Anon July 1, 2014 at 4:45 AM

This coming from the legislator who supported boys using the girls restroom.

Antler July 1, 2014 at 5:31 AM

If any single one of you thinks this legislation was not necessary, then you are not aware of the heinous excuses given by some teachers and administrators for having done NOTHING to prevent (nor even to report) abuses ….some of them having gone on for YEARS.

But also one wonders whether the school system should have seminars to teach parents themselves the emotional signs that a child is being abused. What society can do to stop incestuous rape is an even more lurid challenge. You need not claim that religious fervor is the answer; it is in those seemingly purified families and sects that the practice is most common.

Name That Tramp July 1, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Bow Delightful!

Protection July 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM

This does nothing to protect the student. Just a bill to say we are fishing for an answer and hope it helps.

RIII July 1, 2014 at 7:57 AM

You will never see legislation that gets rid of employees of the state, county or city, the poor performers will keep their jobs. Where is the downside of “Public Employees” ever addressed in legislation? But “Feel Good Legislation” seems to be the norm today, it looks good in print but where is it ever enforced and how?

Agree with AClaycordian July 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

These things are already law. The fact that school personnel didn’t follow the law is a matter for the DA, and they should be acting. If Bonilla wanted something done, she should be talking about prosecuting the required reporters that did nothing. The law is pretty clear. Don’t come up with new legislation, enforce the laws on the books now. At the very least open the door for civil suits.

Sal July 1, 2014 at 12:14 PM

There is no reason why these so-called educators shouldn’t be terminated for the crimes they commit on our children. A majority of these crimes are perpetrated against our most vulnerable children; those who cannot fully function or are verbally unable to tell their parents what’s going on.

Anon July 1, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Like everything she does, just more tax and waste from BoneHead Netia!

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