At this afternoon's meeting of the Escambia County School Board, I initiated discussion of the district's policy regarding student questioning by law enforcement at school.
As I have discussed previously here and here, I believe the district needs a better policy which affords parents the opportunity to be present when their children are questioned at school for serious incidents which could potentially lead to civil or criminal liability (for the student and/or the parents).
At the meeting, members of the sheriff's office were present to advocate for the continuation of the existing policy which they described as "working well". They want to keep the status quo on this issue.
But I have seen some issues arise which I believe necessitate a better policy.
Mrs. Hightower requested time to digest the data I brought to the meeting, and Mrs. Moultrie suggested she may be open to a policy change if it is developed in coordination with law enforcement.
Mr. Thomas expressed his support for the current existing policy "as-is", and Mr. Boone expressed no opinion one way or another.
Mr. Slayton expressed support for the status quo with respect to the current policy, in alignment with Mr. Thomas and the Sheriff's department.
I will attempt to meet with members of the Sheriff's department over the course of the next month to get their input into a better policy, and I will bring this revision to next month's discussion meeting.
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