It is a public school in Olympia Washington. There was not a police officer present, although the vice principal said that he would later involve the police.
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Your answer makes sense; just a little more clarification please.
First of all, understand that the school has the right to discipline students.
Understood, however, none of the alleged harassment took place on school grounds or during school. Again, I may be misreading this, but it would seem that while in this case the school definitely has a duty to "report" the allegation, as it was reported to them, I am still unsure how they have any authority to discipline, for actions to took place outside of their purview?
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 (substitute) parents?
Yes, that does seem to be the question. Does the fact that they accused my son of committing a crime (harassment), and not simply a rule, or policy change the capacity that they were acting in; inst this why we have school resource police officers?
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.
I understand, but concern is that if at some point the young lady or her parents tried to pursue legal action that this document could somehow be used as evidence of guilt.
When a party acts "In Local Parentis", when and in what capacity must the actual parents be notified? We were never informed abount any of this, we got the story of our son when we noticed that his otherwise stellar grades were suffering.
Finally, Ely my wish was for the truth, and that you have given me I would not hold it against you. Your answer's have thoughtful and thorough and you will be rated positively.
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