Students Rights in the Public School SystemI chose to do my report on students rights in the public school system. Lisa Rowe, then sixteen a student at Teaneck High School, in New Jersey, thoughtshe was doing a good dead when she returned a purse she’d found in her Englishclass. When she took the purse to the office instead of being rewarded she wastold to step into the principals office and asked to pull up her sweater andpull down her slacks, and then she was searched. Why? In case she was hidingstolen money from the purse. That is just one example of how students rights arebeing violated, and here is another.
In the case T. L. O. Vs NEW JERSEY a girlgot cought smoking in the bathroom of her school. She was then taken to theoffice, and asked to open her purse and spill out the contence. What was foundin the purse was marijauna a role of money and notes sujesting that she was amarijuna dealer.
Her parrents soon filed a suit against the school on the basisthat the evidence found was obtained illegally becauce no search warrent wasused. In 1985 the case got all the way to the supreme court. The court ruledthat the fourth amendment rights didn’t apply in the school, and schoolofficialsstill have to have reasonable suspicion not probale cause. Anotherfamous case is the case TINKER Vs DES MOINES where two students wanted toprotest the war by wearing arm bands. When the school officials saw what thetwo students were wearing the teachers demanded that the students take the armbands off at once.
The case got all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court said that the students had a right to wear arm bands just aslong as they wernt going to harm themselvs or any one elts. Just a coupple oflaws on students rights. The First Amendment says that you have a right tofreedom of speech, press, religion, and freedon to a peaceful assembly. TheSecond Amendment says that you have the right to be secure in your home, andyour personal things, but apon probable cause.
Can students lockers be searchedwithout a search warrent? Yes, your lockers can be searched without a warrent,only reasonable susipision that a rule or law has been broken is all that isneeded to preform a search. Can students be subject to mass searches on campus?No, there must be suspicion directed at each student beaing searched. Whatshould you do if something of yours is getting searched the best thing to do isto say in a loud clear voice that you dont want them to searech your things sothat you can have witneses, but don’t try to stop them. Most important of alldon’t put anything in your locker that you don’t want anyone to see. I feelthat students rights are being violated mare than people know. If more peopleknew exactly what rights they had it would make alot of things better and easierto understand.
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