Searching A Pupil'S Locker Without Probable Cause Is A

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Searching a pupil 's locker without probable cause is a violation of trust and the Fourth Amendment. Probable cause is legally defined as “Apparent facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused person has committed a crime, thereby warranting his or her prosecution, or that a Cause of Action has accrued, justifying a civil lawsuit or the search of the person or premises” by the free dictionary (Probable Cause). Locker searches have always been a risky and delicate precaution taken by schools that have occasionally lead to lawsuits, one instance of legal action being taken as a result of the search of a student is the notorious 1980’s New Jersey v. T.L.O …show more content…

Though a fair amount of time and money towards searches there is still an alarming amount of theft and assault on school property. As technology has advanced over the years schools have gotten electronic gadgets and techniques to keep students out of trouble. As the amount of technology and precautions taken to avoid students getting in trouble the amount of students breaking rule increases with it. Though schools take many steps to protect students, pupils still report that drugs are made accessible to them on school property, schools combine document that nearly 2 million crimes were reported to them, and many students still feel unsafe (violence in U.S. public schools). These reports show that millions of dollars provided by taxes go towards school security and it has done less than intended. When schools search lockers and students without probable cause they become vulnerable to many legal issues. In the last decade students have lost much of their fourth amendment rights, students are losing their rights because the U.S. supreme court continues to give schools more and more leeway to ensure a “safer and more disciplined” (Ascd. “School right to search students) school. The fourth amendment states that in order for someone to be searched and arrested he would need to get

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