Bill aims to educate N.J. students on interaction with police

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Watch the report from Action News at 4:30 p.m. on June 23, 2017. (WPVI)

There's big debate in New Jersey over a proposed new class for kids in the Garden State. The subject matter: How to interact with police officers.

A bill passed Thursday by the state assembly would require school districts to start teaching kids how to talk to cops beginning in kindergarten.

The mandatory classes would run all the way through senior year in high school as part of the social studies curriculum.

The curriculum would include lessons on mutual cooperation and respect during encounters with law enforcement.

It would also teach students their individual rights during an encounter with police.

The bill passed the New Jersey Assembly by a vote of 76-0.

It is now in committee in the state senate.

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