Maryland School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Referrals to Law Enforcement

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Maryland School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Referrals to Law Enforcement

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Subcategory: Referrals to Law Enforcement
State: Maryland

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7-303.1. School principal to report student criminal activity.

(b) In general.–A school principal may make a report to any relevant law enforcement agency if, after an investigation is completed, the school principal has reason to believe that a student has engaged in conduct that constitutes an offense under:

(1) § 3-201 of the Criminal Law Article (assault in the first degree);

(2) § 3-202 of the Criminal Law Article (assault in the second degree);

(3) § 3-805 of the Criminal Law Article (misuse of electronic communication or interactive computer service); or

(4) § 3-809 of the Criminal Law Article (revenge porn).


13A.08.01.12. Arrests on school premises.

A. When possible and appropriate, arrest by police should be made during nonschool hours and away from the school premises.

B. When an arrest on school premises during the school hours is necessary, the responsible school official shall ascertain the facts from the arresting officer which will enable the school official to fully advise the parent or guardians and other school officials of the nature of the charge, the identity of the arresting officer, and the location of the student.

C. When an arrest has taken place on school premises or during school hours, every effort shall be made by school officials to inform the parent or guardians immediately and thereafter promptly to advise the local superintendent of schools.

D. Arrest on school premises during school hours shall be effectuated in such a manner as to avoid both embarrassment to the student being arrested and jeopardizing the safety and welfare of other students.

E. School officials may not permit questioning of a student under arrest on the school premises and shall request the arresting officer to remove the student from the premises as soon as practicable after the arrest is made.

F. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, data on school arrests shall be reported in a manner and format developed by the Department, in consultation with local school systems, and approved by the State Board.

13A.08.01.12-1. Bringing or possessing a firearm on school property.

D. Administrative Procedures.

(2) Each local school system shall report each incident in which a student brings a firearm onto school property or to a school-sponsored activity or possesses a firearm on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to the appropriate juvenile justice or criminal enforcement agency.

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