Anyone who has spent time with adolescents will probably agree that they do not always make the best choices. This is due in large part to the fact that their developing brains are unable to exercise impulse control. In light of these facts, a new report on education in Virginia is even more alarming.
According to a recent study done by the Center for Public Integrity, Virginia schools send misbehaving students to the police more than any other state. In fact, students in Virginia are referred to law enforcement agencies (usually school resource officers) at a rate three times higher than the national average. These referrals often lead to court complaints against students for disorderly conduct. Examples of student conduct resulting in criminal charges in Virginia include:
- Kicking a trash can
- Refusing to go to the back of a line of children; and
- Clenching a fist at a police officer.
Although these don't seem like serious crimes, any juvenile conviction can have serious consequences and can impact a child far into their future, especially when it comes time to apply to college. If you're the parent of a child facing any kind of criminal charge, the best way to help them is providing a criminal defense attorney who will fight to help get them the best possible result. We represent young people in these situations and can help you and your child. For more information please see our website.
Source: WashingtonPost.com, "Report: Va. leads US in student law enforcement referrals," The Washington Post, April 10, 2015
Written By: Alexandra Wood, Associate Hallauer Law Firm