Tags: teacher | reprimanded | constitutional | rights

Teacher Reprimanded For Advising Students of Their Constitutional Rights

Thursday, 30 May 2013 11:24 AM

By Alexandra Ward

An Illinois teacher who was reprimanded this week for reminding his students of their constitutional right to decline to fill out a drug-use survey is garnering support from parents and students who are calling him a hero.

John Dryden, who has taught social studies at Batavia High School for 20 years, was suspended for one day without pay this week for citing the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination to his students before they filled out a school-sanctioned drug and alcohol use survey last month.

The one-page questionnaire was distributed at the high school after a rash of suicides and was meant to document students' behaviors in order to assess who might be at risk. Parents and teachers received a brief explanation of the survey in advance but were not told that students' names would be listed on each questionnaire.

Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?

When Dryden realized the surveys would not be anonymous, he warned his students against filling it out and reminded them of the Fifth Amendment.

"I looked at the questions and went, 'Oh my gosh,'" Dryden told the Chicago Tribune. "This is a state institution collecting data. ... What will they do with that? How long is it on the record? Is it going to be on the file?"

But the Batavia Public School District voted Tuesday to issue Dryden a suspension, despite the number of parents and students that turned out to support him.

"The issue before the board tonight was whether one employee has the right to mischaracterize the efforts of our teachers, counselors, social workers, and others, and tell our students, in effect, that the adults are not here to help but that they are trying to get you to 'incriminate' yourselves," Superintendent Jack Barshinger stated in a letter to the Batavia community.

In addition to Dryden's one-day suspension, an official "letter of remedy" was put in Dryden's file documenting what the board deemed was his "improper conduct."

"Apparently, I struck a nerve," Dryden told the Tribune. "[But] the community overall has been telling me they absolutely support me standing up for the kids and their rights."

Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

Related stories:

Teacher's Ted Bundy Geometry Question Creeps Out Parents, School

Fired For Word 'Negro,' NYC Teacher Fights To Get Her Job Back

Teacher Fired For Bible Gift to Student Is Fighting Back

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved