Parents, NAACP request probe on why police didn't report pupil questioning

June 19, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A disagreement among sixth-graders at Deer Park Middle and Magnet School has led parents and the Baltimore County branch of the NAACP to ask that local officials investigate why the students were questioned by police without their parents' knowledge.

Four students, all girls, were questioned separately by county police June 10 and made to sign citations that charged one with assault and battery and two others with harassment of another female student, parent Tracie Hunter said yesterday.

Hunter said her daughter, a student in the school's gifted and talented program, was questioned by police who were called in by the mother of the alleged assault victim. According to Hunter, her daughter was told that more charges would be filed and she would be sent to a juvenile detention center if she told anyone about the questioning, which was done in the presence of an assistant principal.

"She asked the police officer as well as [the assistant principal] if she could call her mother, and she was told that they would contact me, but they didn't," said Hunter, who declined to give her 12-year-old daughter's name. "I found out about it when my daughter called me in tears."

Sgt. David Folderauer of Garrison Precinct said police policy does not require parents to be present when children receive citations. Authorities try to contact family members to inform them about appearing at hearings, he added.

Principal George E. Hohl, who said he was not in school that day, declined to comment. George Poff Jr., assistant to Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione, said officials had not been contacted by parents or the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Pub Date: 6/19/96

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