The Tessa Majors case is a test for New York's recently-enacted Raise The Age law, which barred the state from automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Jeffrey Butts, who leads John Jay College's Research and Evaluation Center, told Floyd that this is the exact kind of case that the law's critics could use as leverage to reverse it.
Butts, Jeffrey A. (2012). School Crime Has Declined Sharply since the 1990s. Research and Evaluation Data Bits [2012-04]. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. After any horrific act of school violence, many parents, students, and community officials fear that schools are becoming increasingly dangerous. Yet, [...]