School Officials Don’t Need Probable Cause to Question Student

Guidance Counselor - Taking NotesMany parents are outraged when their child or adolescent is questioned by school officials regarding misconduct in a school setting without appropriate Miranda warnings and without notifying the parents. A district court in Michigan recently ruled that a school was able to detain a student for questioning. To detain a student, a school must have a reasonable suspicion that the student violated a law or school rule. A lesser standard is appropriate, the court reasoned, because school officials act in loco parentis for a student and in order to maintain order, a student’s freedom may be restricted in some ways. D.J.Y. v. Ypsilanti Community Schools 115 LRP 6578 (E.D. Mich. 2015).

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