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Chris -- 2011-03-08
The original is a legal term, meaning ‘in place of parents,’ for the role assumed by schools, teachers and other authorities. This gets reinterpreted as ‘local parents,’ i.e., the parent-like figures in the vicinity. About 100 ghits:
We’ve said for decades that librarians can’t act in local parentis—in place of parents.
Colleges need to help students and parents understand that ‘in local parentis” is no longer present today…
www.alfredstate.edu/alfred/NewsBot.asp? … nID=396386
Teachers and school administrators can act in “local parentis”, meaning they have powers…
... there is nothing as vulnerable and as stupid as a 20-year-old with a weapon, and the officers are supposed to be what we call in local PARENTIS. ...
www.kaet.asu.edu/horizon/transcripts/20 … 4_2005.htm
In local parentis, if I am correct. It could also be ad local parentis, but I don’t think it is.