TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An appeal court has reversed a juvenile's conviction because the arresting officer lacked a principal's authorization to enforce Florida's school trespassing law.
The attorney general's office had no immediate comment Tuesday, but an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court is possible.
The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee certified that its ruling Monday conflicted with another appellate court's decision on the same issue.
The Tallahassee court said the Jacksonville trespassing arrest was illegal because state law allows only a principal or the principal's designee to direct someone to leave a school facility or campus.
The sheriff's deputy assigned to the school testified he had no connection with the principal's office nor was he under the principal's authority.
Although convicted, the juvenile, identified only as "B.C.," received no penalty.
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