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ERIC Number: EJ820181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0953-9964
Student Privacy Rights Involving Strip Searches
Essex, Nathan L.
Education and the Law, v17 n3 p105-110 Sep 2005
The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution provides protection of all citizens against unreasonable search and seizure. The US Supreme Court has affirmed that the basic purpose of the Fourth Amendment is to safeguard the privacy and security of individuals against unreasonable intrusive searches by governmental officials. Since students possess constitutional rights and public school officials are considered governmental officials for Fourth Amendment purposes, privacy protection is afforded students in public schools within reasonable limits. A reasonable search is one that clearly does not violate the constitutional rights of students. What is reasonable, however, depends on the context within which a search occurs. Strip searches involving students in public schools are the most intrusive form of all searches. Extreme caution should be exercised by school officials regarding these types of searches. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Fourth Amendment; New Jersey v TLO