Date: February 08, 2018
“Families should never consent to have school resource officers search kids’ phones.
Teen sexting stories are filled with kids who had no clue they were breaking the law when they swapped inappropriate photos of their own bodies—and with parents who didn’t realize they couldn’t trust the school or the cops to be reasonable. Carl was determined not to be one of those parents.
Last November, Carl received a call from Ms. Martin, an assistant principal at the middle school attended by his two sons, ages 13 and 12. Martin said the older son, Tommy, had shared a sexually inappropriate Snapchat image with some other students at the school.
Several days later, after hiring a lawyer, Carl spoke with Martin again. He told her, in no uncertain terms, “I’ve instructed both of my boys that they are not to answer any more questions from the administration or the police at school in regards to this matter without parental or legal representation.
The statement caught the assistant principal off guard.
“She started stuttering and stammering a little bit about how she wasn’t a part of the police and that they didn’t need to speak to attorneys,” Carl told me. “That that’s not their job, and this or that or the other thing.”
Carl was wise to ignore this assertion. The assistant principal isn’t a cop, but the school—a public institution in the Midwest—did indeed employ a school resource officer: a law enforcement agent who works in the school but retains the powers of a typical cop.”
What a tangled web woven…
Police lie as a matter of practice, in these cases…just to gain access to anything they can use against these kids.
What a load of…
It’s amazing how you can put a stop to much of this, by refusing to legally sign over access to your property.
There is a lesson in there…Give up nothing, no matter whether you did it or not.
Even the chance of a false charge, is too much to gamble with…Allow them no place to put such a charge.
I applaud the father in this story.