KY Case Could Force Principals to Use Miranda Warning With Students


Principals in Kentucky may soon have to read the Miranda warning, says the Louisville Courier-Journal. The Kentucky Supreme Court is considering a case that could require school officials to inform students of their right to remain silent when questioning a student with a school resource officer present. Principals frequently work in concert with the officers. There are 254 sworn police working in Kentucky schools, and up to 60 percent of schools nationwide have one on campus.

Miranda warnings are required when a subject is in custody — when a suspect thinks he's not free to leave — and at issue is whether a student grilled in the principal's inherently fits that description. Opponents of requiring the warnings in school say administrators have more important things to do. Simple investigations would be hamstrung and schools would be less safe if principals, every time they questions a student, “must look into a crystal ball and predict, 'This could lead to criminal charges, I have to Mirandize this child,''' said Wayne Young, executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. But Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto, litigation director for the Kentucky-based Children's Law Center, said principals routinely “orchestrate” interrogations with police, making it only fair that they be warned of their rights.

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