Your Rights under the United States Constitution
2014 Rhode Island Law Day Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 RHODE ISLAND LAW DAY CLASSROOM AND LAW DAY ESSAY CONTEST RESOURCE AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS
General Educational Background Information on the United States Constitution

1)    The Constitution of the United States Literal Print: from US Government Information

2)    The Constitution of the United States With a Side-by-Side Translation in Simple English: by Elizabeth Claire

3)    The Constitution for Kids: www.usconstitution.net

4)    U.S. Constitution Fact Sheet: www.constitutioncenter.org

Lesson Topics 1-3 Please find below:

1)    First Amendment: Children/Minor’s Right in School: Do minors have constitutional rights as students? What rights do they have? How far may schools go in restricting student speech in the interest of school safety? May a teacher censor a student’s artistic expression? How do courts determine whether speech is a threat? How does a court determine if a student’s choice of dress is constitutionally protected? May schools adopt mandatory uniform policies? What are the free expression rights of students in public schools under the First Amendment?

Educational Background Resource Materials:

a)    First Amendment to the United States Constitution: from Wikipedia

b)    The First Amendment: www.freedomforum.org

c)    The First Amendment 1 for All: http://1forall.us

d)    Rhode Island Child Advocate Chapter Three: Educational Rights of Children: www.child-advocate.ri.gov

e)    First Amendment Schools: The Five Freedoms: Frequently Asked Questions: www.firstamendmentschools.org

f)    K-12 Public School Student Expression Overview: by David Hudson, Jr. First Amendment Center, www.firstamendmentcenter.org

g)    What are the free expression rights of students in public schools under the First Amendment? (Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, 1969), The Hazelwood Standard (Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 1988),  www.firstamendmentschools.org

h)    Children in schools & First Amendment Rights: by Charles Haynes CNHI News Service, March 26, 2013

i)    Landmark Juvenile Law Cases and Descriptions:  First Amendment

2)    Fourth Amendment: Police Questioning/Right to Arrest: Can a school require a student to submit to random urine or other tests to qualify for participation in school extracurricular activities or interscholastic athletics? Can a teacher or principal search a student’s personal belongings if there is reasonable cause such as violating school rules or policies? Does a police officer or other individual ever have the right to stop a person and ask for their identification without any clear indication of the individual’s wrong doing? What facts might influence whether this action is legal or illegal? For examples, recent criminal activity in the area or an individual’s past history with legal issues.

a)    Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution: from Wikipedia

b)    The Fourth Amendment Rights of Students in Public Schools: Law Related Education Committee, Kansas Bar Association

c)    Rhode Island Office of the Child Advocate Chapter Three: Section II: www.child-advocate.ri.gov

d)    Student’s Question Violated Fourth Amendment, Court Rules: by Mark Walsh, July 3, 2013

e)    Your Right to Privacy, American Civil Liberties Union, July 17, 2003: www.aclu.org

f)    Stop and identify statutes: Wikipedia

g)    Are you required to produce ID if a cop demands it? : www.pixiq.com

h)    Title 12 Criminal Procedure, Chapter 12-7 Arrest, Section 12-7-1

i)    The Criminal Process: How it Works by Anne Lane: www.alllaw.com

j)    Know Your Rights: What To Do If You’re Stopped By Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI: www.aclu.org


3)    Fifth Amendment: Miranda Rights: What are Miranda Rights? When do they apply? What are the rules that the police must follow when dealing with a minor, if they are suspected of breaking a law? Does a minor have a right to confidentiality in juvenile court proceedings? If a guilty minor is later convicted of a crime when he/she is an adult, can the judge use a previous court determination of his/her delinquent past, to increase the sentence of a later adult crime?

a)    Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution: from Wikipedia

b)    Rhode Island Office of the Child Advocate Chapter One: Issues Relating to Juvenile Delinquency Wayward and Truancy Offenses: www.child-advocate.ri.gov

c)    Miranda Warning: from Wikipedia

d)    How Do Miranda Rights Work?: www.avvo.com

e)    Know Your Rights: Can You be Searched Without a Warrant? : www.legalzoom.com

f)    Miranda Rights: What Happens If Police Don’t Read Your Rights? What really happens if police don’t give Miranda warnings to a suspect, www.nolo.com

g)    Miranda Warning FAQ: www.mirandawarning.org

h)    What the Miranda Rights Really Mean: http://usgovinfo.about.com

i)    Miranda Rights Questions and Answers: by Robert Longley, http://usgovinfo.about.com

j)    What are your Miranda Rights?: www.mirandawarning.org