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AN ACT TO AMEND DELAWARE CODE, TITLE 14, RELATIVE TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM BY DEFINING THE LAWFUL AUTHORITY OF TEACHERS AND PUPILS.

WHEREAS, fifty-six (56) Delaware Laws, Chapter 220, effective December 20, 1967, did establish the lawful authority of teachers and pupils; and

WHEREAS, fifty-six (56) Delaware Laws, Chapter 292, Section 32, effective July 1, 1969, repealed from the Law the entire Chapter in which this Section was contained; and

WHEREAS, it appears desirable to the conduct of the public school system that this definition be re-established;

NOW,THEREFORE,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Amend Delaware Code, Title 14, by adding a new Chapter 7 to read as follows:

CHAPTER 7. LAWFUL AUTHORITY OF TEACHERS

AND PUPILS

§ 701. Every teacher and administrator in the public schools of this State shall have the right to exercise the same authority as to control, behavior and discipline over any pupil during any school activity, as the parents or guardians may exercise over such pupils.

In cases where corporal punishment is deemed necessary, it shall be administered by the Chief School Officer or by the principal in the presence of another adult.

Approved April 23, 1970.