Lawmakers approved a bill this week in hopes of reducing school violence. The bill is in response to the 2008 stabbing of an Elgin teacher by a student. School officials didn’t know police were already investigating the teen for attacks on young children. It lets police share information with school officials if they know of a student who has been violent outside of school, but could be an immediate threat to others.

It’s sponsored by Representative Carol Sente of Vernon Hills, who says that child could be referred to counseling if appropriate.

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Opponents say a kid shouldn’t be branded as potentially violent because of one mistake. The measure now heads to the governor’s desk for final approval.

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