NEW YORK --
A coalition of groups including the New York Civil Liberties Union is advising students on their rights when confronted by police officers in high schools. Each school day this week, the coalition says it will visit public high schools to hand out palm cards explaining students' rights. Topics include when police can question and arrest students, when school officials and parents must be notified, and the process for making complaints.
According to the NYCLU, misbehavior that has traditionally prompted visits to the principal's office - such as writing on desks - is "increasingly thrusting students in the criminal justice system."
The police and education departments didn't immediately return messages.
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