Principal-murder case sparks Pa. bill on school employee security

    The Jeremy Bell Act would require schools to run fingerprint checks of employees and make schools submit details on terminations.

    It’s sponsored by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and it stems from a case involving a former Delaware County principal.
    The West Virginia school that hired Edgar Friedrichs had no idea that when Friedrichs resigned from the Delco school that he’d been accused of abuse.

    Friedrichs was convicted in the 1997 death of Jeremy Bell, a 12-year-old who died after ingesting amitriptyline or chloroform Friedrichs administered before sexually assaulting the boy.

    Fitzpatrick was on “Good Day” today to talk about the bill.

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