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In memory of Myles: Police symposium spurs questioning of young suspects to the forefront

Hamilton, Heather
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Gazette: A Royal Canadian Mounted Police Publication 62 (4): 20-23.

Myles Neuts was ten years old in 1998 when he died from hanging in a washroom at his elementary school in Canada. Two other students at the school were taken into custody by police and questioned extensively about Myles’s death. Though an inquest into his death ended inconclusively – the reason for Myles’s hanging was not determined and no suspects were charged – the circumstances of his death and the subsequent police investigation generated significant changes. In 2000 the police in Chatham, Ontario, held a symposium on how police interview young people suspected of a crime, and on how police and other professionals can prevent and deal with school bullying and violence. In particular, the inquest and symposium led to changes in police training in interviewing of young suspects and witnesses.


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