Schools, cops trade student information
BY JOSEPH BUSTOS
In the past, when a child ran afoul of the law, it was assumed the case file would end up on a judge's bench, and not necessarily a school administrator's desk.
However, local police and school districts are increasingly trading information about juveniles through the use of intergovernmental agreements.
It's a move that concerns proponents of civil liberties who worry schools may become a pipeline to the juvenile system.
"Once information sharing starts, there are no breaks and the school becomes an adjunct of the police department," said Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.
From the police's perspective, the agreements arm school administrators with th