Son is 15.Accidently burned teacher in shop class Fri. at 3pm on arm.Small burn mark.School princ. had him charged w/ serious assault on Mon am?

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Son is 15.Accidently burned teacher in shop class Fri. at 3pm on arm.Small burn mark.School princ. had him charged w/ serious assault on Mon am?

My 15 year old son was goofing around in shop class Friday afternoon at 3:00pm/ Put a small peice of metal on the teacher’s arm,not realizing how hot it was. It left a small burn mark. Teacher had school nirse look at it. Nothing was said to him Friday. Monday mnorning in school the principal brought him to her office & questioned him. They had the school police officer charge him with serious assault. My son is friends with this teacher & can’t believe it.Would this be standard operational procedure for schools?Can they charge him w/ assault this late?Advice?

Asked on April 27, 2009 under Criminal Law, Iowa

Answers:

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

I always believe that schools should always look upon the best interest of their students.  They also have a share in the molding and preparing of children to adolescence and adulthood.  They are in school to learn.  And your 15 year-old son is among them.  

If I would base my interpretation according to what you have shared herein, I would view this incident as part of the learning process.  Ideally, the tenor of the investigation should be corrective rather than focusing on the "assault" aspect of the matter. 

I advice you to set a meeting with the principal, the school police officer and the teacher.  Bring your son along and some of his mates for corroborative purposes. This way, you will get the first hand information you would need.  I am positive that everything will be ironed-out well if all of you will have this dialogue. Feel free to let me know of the outcome. 


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