North Las Vegas, NV asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Nevada

Q: Can a school staff member sign a citation given to a minor after a fight and not inform the parents.

My son had a fight he was detained and issued a citation and I was not informed by the school that they signed a citation in my place or that a citation was even given so the court date was missed due to not informing the parents

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: While NRS 392.150 grants school personnel authority to detain a pupil for certain offenses, including fighting, the requirement for parental notification is not explicitly outlined in this context. Additionally, NRS 392.149 mandates notifying parents of truancy-related citations. Schools generally inform parents as a standard practice. Missing the court date due to lack of notification can have legal consequences for your son. To address this, promptly contact the court, explain the situation, and seek guidance. Simultaneously, engage with the school administration, inquire about their policy on handling such incidents, and request relevant documentation.

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