My apologies for the wait.
On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and I am afraid that this is one of these times.
First of all, understand that the school has the right to discipline students
. The rationale of these cases is that, where police are not involved, the discipline and even searches
is on the school officials' "parental" duty to maintain discipline in the schools. Kuehn v. Renton School Dist., 694 P. 2d 1078 - Wash: Supreme Court 1985
The QUESTION is in what capacity the school officials were acting at the time of the action
. Were they acting as law enforcement officers or as in loco parentis
"Unlike the case of a criminal investigation by school officials where there is a question as to whether the officials are acting in the best interests of the students, the school and parents in the present case were in fact charged with onerous parental-like responsibilities." Id
As such, then what they did was arguably within the law (even though reprehensible, arguably), since this was not a criminal matter, but a school discipline matter.Is my take on this correct or am I being overly concerned?
I am afraid that they did act within the law arguably, although your concern IS understandable as any parent's would be.What recourse might I have?
Even though they did not overstep the legal boundary, you may demand a HEARING with the principal and let them know that you feel that this was blown out of proportion and you would demand to be let known next time this happens. Very often, schools - afraid of litigation
- agree to simply bury the matter.
Finally, the agreement he signed is not criminal in nature - this is simply a school disciplinary action, such as a "demerit." It will not be part of any criminal record, etc.
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