Draw a stick figure, as you would with the game Hangman, and get suspended and questioned by police without your parents’ knowledge or consent? That’s what happened to one 13-year old eighth grader in Beaverton, Oregon according to a report fromTPNN.
Robert Bernard Keller is suing the Beaverton Police Department and the Beaverton School District for precisely that, actions that he believes violated his son’s, referred to as B.R.K., 4th and 14th Amendment Rights. The Courthouse News reported:
Keller, suing for himself and his son, B.R.K., claims that on May 2, 2013, his 13-year-old son “was interviewed at his school, Raleigh Hills, K-8, by officers of the Beaverton Police Department regarding an alleged threat of harm based on a doodle that was drawn during class. B.R.K. was removed from his classroom and placed in the principal’s office of Raleigh Hills K-8 to be questioned about offenses that he was alleged to have committed. At no time did the officers or school obtain a warrant, contact the minor child’s parents to obtain parental consent, provide a counselor or attorney to the minor child or advise B.R.K. of his right against self-incrimination or provide an advocate who could explain.”
Keller claims that the principal had interviewed his son on April 30, and suspended him, for drawing the doodle. He claims that he and his wife met with school staff that day for an IEP (individual education program) meeting, “and were told that B.R.K. was doing fine,” though at the end of the meeting they were told that he was suspended, “effective immediately, pending a risk assessment.”
He claims that he and his wife told the school that their son “was not to be interviewed alone without a parent present.” Nonetheless, he was interviewed alone, by a school psychologist, and then by police, whom the school called in without notifying them, according to the complaint.
While it was not explicitly stated whether the young man in question receives any type of services through the school’s Special Education Department, typically, students who are on an Individualized Education Plan, I.E.P., do receive some type of services through the Department of Special Education.
Now, playing an innocent game of Hangman is criminalized and grounds for suspension? This is yet another example of political correctness out of control.
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