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In Azle, police ticketed a ninth-grader playing touch football.

His crime: Blurting a bad word.

In Granbury, officers hauled a tuba player into court and fined him $550.

Why?

He told a crude joke in the band hall.

And then there was the Great Longview Gas Bust.

Police ticketed an elementary school boy.

His offense: A loud bodily emission.

The days of embarrassing and wasteful police work will end if the Texas House passes a bill by a senator from Dallas.

After hearing how police and courtroom resources have been wasted on trivial citations that shove students into the juvenile justice system, the Texas Senate voted unanimously Thursday to end schoolhouse tickets for Class C misdemeanors.

No more juvenile delinquency charges against students for shoving. Or writing on a wall. Or chewing gum. Or tossing the wrapper.

No more school officials delivering grandiose pronouncements the way former Azle Superintendent Santo Forte did in 1996.

“If you come to my school and you start cussing,” he said, “you’re going to have to pay.”

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