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Times-News: Twin Falls Legislator Wants Student Felons Locked Out of Schools

Sen. Lee Heider introduced his proposed legislation after speaking with two students in his district, who returned to school after a stint in prison for trafficking drugs.

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Twin Falls Republican Sen. Lee Heider wants to bounce students from public schools if they have been convicted of a felony or violent misdemeanors. Heider also wants to keep out any youth who has spent a year or more in prison.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Heider 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 Times-News reports that a principal in Heider's own district has a problem with the measure.

"If that door was shut, then what would we do? What would they do?" asked Lauri Heward, principal of Cassia High School, an alternative high school that includes students who have run afoul of the law.

And Monty Prow of the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections told the Times-News that the overwhleming majority of juvenile cases involve minor offenses, like shoplifting, "and never escalate to the juvenile corrections level."

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