Is your high school principal a cop?
Posted on May 13, 2013 4:25pm PDT
In State v. Antonio T., our Court of Appeals held that when a high school vice principal was interrogating a student, he was not acting as an agent for law enforcement. In turn, the vice principal was not required to provide the student with Miranda warnings, and his admissions against his own interest were properly allowed into evidence. In turn, the answer is "no." However, the decision was not analyzed under the New Mexico Constitution, and the decision seemed to be limited to the actions that the particular principal took in this case, as opposed to making a broad pronouncement of law like, "principals are never agents of law enforcement officers."
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