Massachusetts  |  Criminal Law

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Asked on: 9/13/13, 4:02 am

Earlier this week, there was a complaint issued at school (Massachusetts) from a female student (13 y/o) claiming that my son, (14 y/o) threatened to show a naked picture of her, that she sent to him, to other students. My son was called into the office and his phone was confiscated. His phone is password protected and he was coerced into giving the assistant principle his password by the assistant principle. The assistant principle searched the entire phone, texts, pictures and accounts, then turned the phone over to the police deeming certain things "inappropriate." It's been three days and the police want a meeting but we said, "by advice of council, we would not be attending." We have not heard from them since. This is where it sits for now. My question is, does the school have the right to coerce my son into revealing his password? Wouldn't this be an illegal search?

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