ARISE Program Learns About High School Student Rights

BY MEHBOOB, GRADE 10

As school starts once again, rising Freshmen and Sophomores learn about their rights as high school students. A lawyer from Queens Legal Services in charge of  the Education Rights Project, Tara Foster, visited the ARISE members on August 16 for a presentation. During her presentation we learned about what rights we have as high school students, such as, your personal belongings cannot be searched without a good enough reason and you cannot be expelled unless you are at least 17 years old. After the presentation, we had a group chat where we asked about other rights we have in school and scenarios we would be able to use those rights. This was an important experience because the presentation allowed me to learn about my own rights. It is good for more students to know, especially if they ever get into a situation where they have to know their rights.