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Random Student Locker Searches Without Permission

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Random Student Locker Searches without Permission
As an educator it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of all of my students, which includes conducting random locker searches without permission. While many people may believe that searching a student’s locker without permission infringes upon the student’s rights, “the Supreme Court decided early on that the need by teachers and administrators to maintain order outweighs the privacy interests of students in a case called New Jersey v. TLO,” (Thiagarajah, 2006). Another thing students and parents may not realize is the lockers are the property of the school, not the student. A random locker search is a necessary measure to help ...view middle of the document...

Although the Constitution applies equally to everyone, regardless of age, color, race, religion, or any other factor, a school has the responsibility to provide a safe learning environment by not allowing students to possess or obtain anything that may be illegal or dangerous. The Fourth Amendment states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized,” (Davis, Kelsey, Langellier, Mapes, & Rosendahl, 2003). The reason it is legal for schools and teachers to search lockers is because they do not belong to the student. “Court rulings suggest that students should have no expectation of privacy in school lockers when the school district both owns and controls the lockers and has a written policy describing this ownership,” (Davis, Kelsey, Langellier, Mapes, & Rosendahl, 2003).
From my own personal experience, I believe random locker searches keep students safe. Growing up I lived in an area where gangs and violence were very prevalent. When I was in middle school, my brother got into a fight with one of my male classmate’s brother. The next day at school, this male classmate told me he had brass knuckles waiting for me. Luckily, my teacher overheard his threat and sent both of us to the principal’s office. My teacher repeated what he heard my classmate say and both my classmate had...

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