If you are stopped by the police at school:

  1. Stay cool. The only thing you can control is yourself.

  2. You cannot be forced to answer questions or provide information. Just say, “I want to remain silent.”

  3. Keep your hands where the officer can see them.

  4. Don't run away from an officer.

  5. Don't resist or interfere with an officer (even if you think they are wrong).

  6. If you are searched, say “I do not consent to this search."

  7. If you’re arrested, ask for a lawyer immediately. A lawyer will be provided for free.

  8. Remember the officer’s badge number and name.

  9. If you have a bad encounter with any police officer, write down everything you remember as soon as you can.

  10. If you have a bad encounter with any police officer, try to find witnesses. Get their names and phone numbers.

  11. If you are hurt, get medical attention. Take photos of the injuries as soon as possible.

  12. Police are not allowed to arrest you for breaking school rules like dress code violations, misbehaving in class, or vaping. If you see this happening in your school, contact the NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union).

  13. Schools in NYC can not give information to ICE about students who are immigrants. If you have concerns about this, contact the NYCLU.

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Last Reviewed: April 25, 2023