7th Grader Illegally Questioned
Source: Chicago Tribune Web Edition, September 5, 2007
Addison Elementary School District 4 and three administrators were sued in U.S. District Court on Tuesday by parents who said their 7th-grade student was illegally questioned and their home illegally searched by one of the officials investigating the report of a knife brought to school.
The suit said the Sept. 2006 incident began with another parent's report that a child had been threatened with a knife off school grounds. Michael Brumbaugh, then-dean of students at the 7th grader's school, Indian Trail Junior High, opened an investigation and determined the knife originated from the 7th grader.
The lawsuit said Brumbaugh took the student out of class without his parents' knowledge, questioned him and drove the student home. He asked the student to let him in the house, the suit said, and he searched it without notifying a parent. Brumbaugh found the knife and notified the parents later, the suit said.
The parents are asking for "in excess of $500,000."