Should Students Get Miranda Warnings?

Feb 20, 2014

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Illinois lawmakers are considering what steps police should have to take before questioning kids at school.

The legislation would basically make police read kids their Miranda rights — that they can remain silent, and anything they say can be used against them in court.

It would also make police notify parents they have the opportunity to be present during questioning.

Sen. Kim Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood, calls it a "student bill of rights."

"If my child was doing something wrong ... I want to know," Lightford says. "I want to be notified, and I want to give a release to say, 'You can question my child.' "

But Greg Sullivan, with the Illinois Sheriffs' Association, says getting permission to talk to students could be a problem for everyday police work in the schools.

"You've got school resource officers who diffuse volatile situations every day. If they can't ask the questions ... it may be too late," Sullivan says.

The sponsor says she'd like to meet with law enforcement to listen to their concerns.