J.A. v. Town of Tiverton - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.

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J.A. v. Town of Tiverton (2015)

Category: Due Process    Privacy    Students' Rights    


About This Case:
This is a federal lawsuit against Tiverton police and school officials over an incident in which an 8-year-old girl was removed from a school bus, had her belongings searched, was taken alone to the police station without her parents’ knowledge, and then held and questioned at the police station for several hours before being released. The seizure, detention, and interrogation of the young child were based solely on unsubstantiated claims from another child that the girl was carrying “chemicals” in her backpack, and occurred even after the police found nothing suspicious in the backpack.

Current Status:
Lawsuit successfully settled in June 2017.

ACLU Cooperating Attorneys:
Amato A. DeLuca, Miriam Weizenbaum

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Jun 20, 2017 - ACLU Settles Case on Behalf of Third Grader Searched and Arrested Without Cause
  • Dec 03, 2015 - ACLU Sues Tiverton On Behalf of Third Grader Searched And Arrested Without Cause