NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — An American Civil Liberties Union lawyer says using statements written and signed by Northampton High School students following a threat at the school as possible evidence in the criminal investigation raises constitutional concerns.
Northampton officials asked students to write a statement on Dec. 21, two days after a note was found inside a bathroom, a week after a gunman killed 20 students and six employees at a Connecticut elementary school. The school was evacuated.
Authorities have said they will use the handwritten statements to see if writing samples match the threatening note.
Bill Newman of the ACLU’s Western Massachusetts Legal Office tells The Republican (http://bit.ly/RS7fZ2 ) that the statements were not voluntary and made without any parental input.
Police and prosecutors say their methods are legal.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/