Lawmakers consider mandatory parent notification bill for school districts

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DENVER — Lawmakers addressed student sex assault cases at the Colorado Capitol on Thursday after sex assault cases have gone unreported by the Cherry Creek School District.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that says if a person is charged and a judge determines there is probable cause, school administrators will be required to notify parents if the charges involve child abuse, crimes of violence, indecent exposure, sexual assault and domestic violence.

“These are the most egregious offenses that parents should absolutely be notified about to ensure students are being protected,” bill sponsor Rep. Brittany Pettersen said.

The bill advanced Thursday.

Not all crimes will prompt an alert. The bill sponsors said small mistakes shouldn’t result in lifelong penalties.

But they said when big mistakes are made, parents deserve to know.

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