Case Study Presentation. Search & Seizure on School Premises By Tony Hastings EDAD 620. Scenario:.
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Search & Seizure on School Premises
Bruce Johnson is a first year principal at Atwood Middle school in an urban district. One of his security guards spotted a student ducking behind a parked automobile in the campus parking lot. She was ordered to empty her purse, which contained several readmittance slips that she should not have in her possession. The security officer telephoned Johnson and verbally informed him of the incident. Johnson told the security officer to initiate a thorough search of the student.
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides protection of all citizens against unreasonable search and seizure.
Since students enjoy many of the same constitutional rights as adults, they are granted protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
The challenge for school administrators is balancing students rights vs. providing a safe environment.