Michigan is the only state that doesn’t have a law that prohibits criminal records from being used to assess a student’s chances of success at college.
The state doesn’t require public schools to disclose criminal histories of students or faculty, though many schools do.
Instead, the state requires all private schools to release their criminal histories to the public.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, a civil rights group, has filed a lawsuit to overturn that policy, saying it violates students’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression.
The ACLU filed its lawsuit on behalf of five students at Michigan’s Kirkwood Community College in northern Michigan.
The students were charged with two counts of aggravated battery and three counts of attempted aggravated battery of a school employee.
One of the students, 18-year-old Jonathan D. Dickson, is facing up to 25 years in prison.
The other, 16-year, Michael R. Dohrmann, faces up to 18 years in federal prison.
Denton was also charged with violating a court order to surrender his gun and firearm in exchange for a plea deal, according to a statement released by the ACLU.
The charges are related to an incident at a house party in August 2017, in which he allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to shoot Dohrdmann, according the statement.
The Kirkwood community colleges said in a statement that the charges were “baseless” and “basically a bunch of lies.”
It added that the students “are fully cooperative” and are “under strict probationary conditions.”
The Michigan Department of Education declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The U.S. Department of Justice also did not respond to a request for comment.
“I was a bad kid,” Dickson told the Lansing State Journal.
“I just want to help people, and I’m doing it for the wrong reasons.”