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Question: What are proper procedures for a school to question a young child 9 to 14 about a theft? Is a parent supposed to be notified? Or be there?

Answer: A person under 18 years of age subject to questioning for an offense may have a parent or guardian be present. However, similar to an individual's right to an attorney, the person subject to the questioning has to request that a parent be notified and present during the questioning. Also, the person does not have to answer any questions if they so choose. There are school policies that may come into play here that I am not familiar with that may require parent notification if police are involved, or a child is being questioned by a school official for a crime. I would suggest requesting the school's policy on this issue for further information.

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