Upon reading the following case study, utilize what you have learned in the chapter titled “What works in
Juvenile Justice”. Based off of methods and approaches research supports, how should this situation have
been handled? What negative outcomes are likely to result in the way in which it was handled?
A seventh grader in an Albuquerque middle school was clowning in class by making loud burps. His
teacher reported this 13-year-old to a school-based police officer who searched the boy for drug
possession. A school vice principal accused this youth of selling drugs to other students. The youth was
asked to remove his shoes and pants and the officer searched his underwear. No drugs were found in this
search, but the matter did not end there. The boy was moved to a juvenile detention center and later
suspended for the rest of the school year. The boy was charged with interfering with the education
process by threatening or inciting others to obstruct the valid mission or functions of the school. The
public officials saw this relatively common benign school misbehavior as indicative of a society in moral
decline. A U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the actions of the school and police officials since they “believed”
that they had no other options.
Juvenile case study
If a person who is under the age of 18 is found guilty of an act of criminal or delinquent conduct typically, they are dealt with by a system devoted to the supervision for juvenile justice. Apart from protecting the public and secure, the juvenile justice system seeks to help youngsters develop as individuals, acquire new techniques, overcome addiction and reintegrate into society. To be able for an young person to be convicted of the accusations, there has been a substantial and concrete disruption of the school’s activities I believe. Furthermore there must be evidence that the pupil was a significant disruption to the normal operation at the institution. This, however, wasn’t the case from my view. I am of the opinion that teenagers’ occasionally occurrences of burping during class does not disturb the peace or order of specific classes or hinder the normal operation that the schools provide. But, in the event of it being a serious matter the teacher should have directed that the student go to the school’s counselor’s office or the principal’s office to be referred to the counselor’s office for further actions.
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