Ill. teacher in hot water for informing students of 5th Amendment rights
- John Dryden, a social studies teacher at Illinois' Batavia High School, faces a potential disciplinary hearing Tuesday for informing three classes of students about their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before they took a student drug and alcohol use survey last month.
- Brad Newkirk, the school district's chief academic officer, said the survey was a "screener" for school counselors and psychologists following a string of student suicides in recent years.
- The district's director of human services, Greg Romaneck, wouldn't confirm or deny that Dryden would face a disciplinary hearing Tuesday, but students and members of the community are backing the teacher with a "Defend and Support Educator John Dryden!" petition that has received 4,200 signatures.
From the article:
... "I made a judgment call. There was no time to ask anyone," Dryden told the Herald. He added that he would have spoken to an administrator first, if he had received the surveys earlier. ...
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