Schools no longer required to report student, worker threats

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Schools are no longer required to report threats to kill or seriously injure public school students or employees to Delaware's Department of Education.

A notice of the administrative change was published this week — more than six years after lawmakers eliminated both terroristic threatening and offensive touching of school employees from mandatory reporting to police.

Asked about the time lag, spokeswoman Alison May said the change is occurring now because the department noted the inconsistency with state law during its regular review of regulations.

The move comes after Delaware lawmakers debated several gun control proposals this year in the wake of a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead.

May says the department remains concerned about student safety as well as the need to comply with state law.

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