Miranda Rights in Question in Police-School Pact
Wong, Dwayne T., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Dwayne T. Wong Daily Herald Staff Writer
Maine Township high school officials approved an information- sharing agreement with Des Plaines police though they're unclear about one of its possible requirements.
In a 5-0 vote, with members Donna Pellar and Oscar Marquis absent, the Maine Township High School District 207 school board approved a "reciprocal reporting" agreement with the Des Plaines police.
The agreement covers police access to the records of students involved in criminal activity and sharing of certain types of information, such as street gang activity.
However, district officials were uncertain whether they had to read students their Miranda rights if their questioning of a student resulted in a criminal investigation by police.
A letter to the district from its attorney J. Todd Faulkner said school officials "will be obligated to give a student Miranda warnings before questioning about misconduct which could lead to police involvement and criminal charges."
The letter also cites cases that "support the conclusion that Miranda warnings need not be given to students by school officials. …