WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A bill that would toughen penalties for teachers and other school employees who commit sexual offenses against students is making its way through the Florida Legislature.
The House approved the bill on Wednesday, and those who support it say it will better protect school children.
"The message needs to be set -- this is unacceptable," said Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation
Teachers, school employees and school volunteers older than 18 would face tougher penalties for becoming sexually involved with students who are minors.
Some are concerned that, in some situations, the penalties would be too severe.
One example would be a school volunteer who is 18-years-old becoming involved with a high school student.
The bill passed the House 107-8.