Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Resident: Teacher disciplined for informing kids of 5th amendment rights (VIDEO)



Pleading the Fifth:

The best known clause in the Fifth Amendment ("No person ... shall be compelled in a criminal case to be a witness against himself") protects suspects from forced self-incrimination. 
When a suspect invokes his or her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, this is referred to in the vernacular as "pleading the Fifth." 
It should not by any means be taken as a sign of guilt, but it is generally portrayed as such in courtroom television dramas.

High school teacher John Dryden from Illinois faces disciplinary action from his school district for informing kids they had the right to not answer questions on a school survey.

The questions were about the kids' tobacco, drug, and alcohol use, and answering them might have incriminated the kids. The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) discusses the story.

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