ERIC Number: ED473338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
In Search of Klebold's Ghost: Investigating the Legal Ambiguities of Violent Student Profiling.
Rhoades, Merry; Rittenmeyer, Steven; Carper, Gayle Tronvig
In an effort to address the series of school shootings in the 1990s, several organizations compiled and published checklists and other materials for schools to use in identifying students who might be capable of violent acts. As a consequence, schools have entered into the controversial world of profiling. In this paper, the authors use their experience in education and in law enforcement as a basis to analyze the application of profiling techniques in educational settings, and to discuss the legal ramifications of such policy initiatives. Starting with a brief historical introduction, the three types of profiling are described. The good and bad aspects of profiling in law-enforcement practices are presented. Improper use can impinge upon citizens' Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, that is, upon their freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, and upon the guarantee of due process and equal protection, respectively. At this time, there is no scientific or other objective evidence to support the use of profiles to penalize or stigmatize public-school students. All presently available "checklists" and "warning signs" carry blanket disclaimers of accuracy from their creators and are uniformly rejected as vague, if not discriminatory, collections of guesses and stereotypes. (RT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Balancing Rights: Education Law in a Brave New World. Papers [of the] Education Law Association (ELA) Annual Conference (48th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 2002); see EA 032 361.