S 0297 General Bill, By Fair, Hutto, Jackson, Knotts and Rankin
A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-17-420, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
1976, RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING DISTURBING SCHOOLS, SO AS TO RESTRUCTURE
THE OFFENSES TO PROVIDE A DELINEATED LIST OF THOSE ACTIONS WHICH INVOLVE
DISTURBING SCHOOLS, TO REVISE THE PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF A DISTURBING
SCHOOLS OFFENSE, AND TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION FOR SCHOOL-SPONSORED ATHLETIC
12/15/10 Senate Prefiled
12/15/10 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary
01/11/11 Senate Introduced and read first time
(Senate Journal-page 133)
01/11/11 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary
(Senate Journal-page 133)
03/07/11 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Rankin (ch), Campsen,
Coleman, Davis, Nicholson
TO AMEND SECTION 16-17-420, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING DISTURBING SCHOOLS, SO AS TO RESTRUCTURE THE OFFENSES TO PROVIDE A DELINEATED LIST OF THOSE ACTIONS WHICH INVOLVE DISTURBING SCHOOLS, TO REVISE THE PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF A DISTURBING SCHOOLS OFFENSE, AND TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION FOR SCHOOL-SPONSORED ATHLETIC EVENTS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 16-17-420 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 273 of 2010, is further amended to read:
"Section 16-17-420. (A) It shall beis unlawful:
(1)for any person wilfully or unnecessarily (a) to interfere with or to disturb in any way or in any place the students or teachers of any school or college in this State, (b) to loiter about such school or college premises or (c) to act in an obnoxious manner thereon; or
(2)for any person to (a) enter upon any such school or college premises or (b) loiter around the premises, except on business, without the permission of the principal or president in charge.for a person who is not a student to wilfully interfere with, disrupt, or disturb the normal operations of a school or college in this State by:
(1)entering upon school or college grounds or property without the permission of the principal or president in charge;
(2)loitering upon or about school or college grounds or property, after notice is given to vacate the grounds or property and after having reasonable opportunity to vacate;
(3)initiating a physical assault on, or fighting with, another person on school or college grounds or property;
(4)being loud or boisterous on school or college grounds or property after instruction by school or college personnel to refrain from the conduct;
(5)threatening physical harm to a student or school or college employee while on school or college grounds or property; or
(6)threatening the use of deadly force on school or college property or involving school or college grounds or property when the person has the present ability, or is reasonably believed to have the present ability, to carry out the threat.
For the purpose of this subsection, 'person who is not a student' means a person who is not enrolled in, or who is suspended or expelled from, the school or college that the person interferes with, disrupts, or disturbs at the time the interference, disruption, or disturbance occurs.
(B) Any person violating any of the provisionswho violates a provision of this section shall beis guilty of a misdemeanor and, onupon conviction thereof, shall pay a fine of, must be fined not more than onetwo thousand dollars or be imprisoned in the county jail for not more than ninety daysone year.
(C) TheNotwithstanding the provisions of Sections 22-3-540, 22-3-545, and 22-3-550, the summary courts are vested with exclusive jurisdiction to hear and dispose of cases involving a violation of this section. However, if the person is a child as defined by Section 63-19-20, jurisdiction must remain vested in the Family Court.
(D)The provisions of this section do not apply to school-sponsored athletic events."
SECTION 2. The repeal or amendment by this act of any law, whether temporary or permanent or civil or criminal, does not affect pending actions, rights, duties, or liabilities founded thereon, or alter, discharge, release or extinguish any penalty, forfeiture, or liability incurred under the repealed or amended law, unless the repealed or amended provision shall so expressly provide. After the effective date of this act, all laws repealed or amended by this act must be taken and treated as remaining in full force and effect for the purpose of sustaining any pending or vested right, civil action, special proceeding, criminal prosecution, or appeal existing as of the effective date of this act, and for the enforcement of rights, duties, penalties, forfeitures, and liabilities as they stood under the repealed or amended laws.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.