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I am in Virginia. My daughter was called to the office at her school, her bag searched and she was questioned with three people present. The Principal, school administrator?, and resource officer. I was not present. I was told that multiple concerns were raised the she had been involve with marijuana and cocaine. The had no evidence of this other than hearsay. She was under duress and did admit to trying marijuana back in November. This occurred on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Two days ago. She has been completely stresses, as have I.

Lawyer's Assistant: Have any charges been filed? If so, when is the next court date?

No

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a VA lawyer about this yet?

No

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

She is a freshman, 14 years old. Not sure what else to add.

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I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's situation. Give me just a few minutes to finish typing up some information for you, thanks!

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Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Unfortunately school officials (and even police officers) are allowed to question minors without their parents present.

If an arrest is going to be made, only then does the law require parents to be notified.

If however you feel that these questions were unsubstantiated and that your daughter may have been the victim of some type of discrimination, then you may have grounds for a civil lawsuit, especially considering the emotional distress this has caused you both.

If that's something you might be interested in pursuing, then you should contact a civil lawyer in your area to discuss all of the detailed facts and merits of your case.

You can contact the Virginia State Bar for a referral to a civil lawyer in your area.

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