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Notes on the Law and Ethics of Do Not Resuscitate Orders in Schools


by Todd A. DeMitchell & Scott Fletcher — March 24, 2008

Educators owe a legal duty to their students to protect them from foreseeable harm. Educators, as professionals, are also required to act in an ethical manner towards their students. But what happens when the duty to protect conflicts with the wishes and legal rights of the parents and possibly the student? A do not resuscitate order for a student challenges the legal duty to protect and the professional demand to act ethically. Unfortunately, this situation occurs within the special education community of our public schools with heart wrenching frequency.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 24, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15164, Date Accessed: 9/23/2014 4:21:09 AM

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  • Todd DeMitchell
    University of New Hampshire
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    TODD A. DEMITCHELL is a professor in the Department of Education and the Justice Studies Program at the University of New Hampshire. In addition, he is the associate chair of the Department of Education. He has published four books and has over 120 other publications on school law, labor relations, and education policy.
  • Scott Fletcher
    University of New Hampshire

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