Asking on behalf of a friend of mine. Here's the situation:
They live far enough away from the school to make it inconvenient, but not impractical, for her eight-year-old daughter to walk. Usually the girl gets a ride with a friend, but when the friend isn't going in that day, she walks to school. But the school won't let her walk home, citing the standard, amorphous "policy." This is a source of great frustration and stress, because my friend has somewhat restricted mobility, and her husband has their only car, and he's off at work at the time.
It seems to me that this isn't just an annoying policy, but an illegal one. Under US law, doesn't holding someone against their will without a warrant constitute false imprisonment or something along those lines? If a policy like this is in place, as it mostly likely is, to prevent the school from being sued if anything goes wrong on the walk home, then would a hint that she is well aware that this is not legal and is not willing to tolerate it be likely to do any good? Or does the school have some ground to stand on here?
(Trying to tag this "school, legal", but apparently "legal" doesn't exist and I don't have the rep on this site to create a new tag. Can someone with more rep fix it?)