School Business Affairs
Because juveniles are increasingly subject to questioning about their potential involvement in what may constitute adult criminal activities, the role of law enforcement personnel, including police officers and school resource officers (SROs), in interrogating students is worth visiting.
This column examines early litigation on student Fifth Amendment rights and a more recent case, N.C. v. Commonwealth (2013), in which an assistant principal (AP) interviewed a student about giving prescription drugs to a peer. The questioning took place in the presence of a deputy sheriff who served as an SRO but because the AP did not read the student his Miranda warning, the court suppressed his statements. These cases serve as a backdrop against which recommendations for school leaders can be framed.
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Place of Publication
Russo, Charles J., "Fifth Amendment Rights: Questioning Students" (2013). Educational Leadership Faculty Publications. 163.