The Board of Education believes a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for children to learn.
A pupil who is a victim of dating violence suffers academically and the pupil’s safety at school is jeopardized.
That didn’t happen, but we’ve been successful raising awareness, and I think that’s going to make a difference,” Cuccia said. Scott Conklin, D-Centre County, took up Demi Brae’s case last year, sponsoring the Demi Brae Cuccia bill.
The legislation would have obligated school districts to educate students about dating and domestic violence.
Conklin agreed that parents should play a central role in dating and domestic violence education.
“In the perfect world, every family would eat dinner together every night and discuss the tough issues,” Conklin said.
“But the reality of the situation is that we have kids whose parents are unable to be there for them, kids whose parents aren’t around to teach these things.
These things don’t always get discussed.” Cuccia said he is optimistic about the progress his organization and other dating violence awareness groups have made educating schools and the state on dating violence.
Conklin said he is happy with the recommendation language that made it into law, but like other dating abuse and domestic violence advocates, he feels a law mandating schools to adopt such policies would be more effective.All acts or incidents of dating violence at school shall be reported to the Principal or designed in accordance with the provisions outlined in Regulation 5519.A verbal report shall be made to the Principal or designee as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the pupil’s school day when the staff member witnesses or learns of an act or incident of dating violence at school.“We couldn’t get the Senate to agree to make it mandatory,” Conklin said.“I’m pleased we were able to get to the point we’re at, but I still think this should be something that all young people are educated about.” During debate last year, a number of Senate and House members voiced concern that dating education is the duty of parents and guardians, not of the state through its public schools.