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ERIC Number: EJ878814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
The U.S Supreme Court Raises the Bar for Strip Searches in Public Schools
Essex, Nathan
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v83 n3 p105-108 2010
Strip searches should be considered searches of last resort based on the intrusive nature of the search and the resulting impact it may have on a student. It is well established by the courts that as the intrusiveness of the search intensifies, the standard of the Fourth Amendment reasonably approaches probable cause which is a higher standard than the reasonable suspicion standard that applies to non-intrusive searches. This article discusses a recent case involving a strip search in which the U.S. Supreme Court applied a more stringent standard that school officials must meet to justify initiating a strip search. The importance of the High Court's decision is that it resulted in a national standard by which actions of school officials will be judged in conducting intrusive searches during their investigation of alleged violations of school policies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Fourth Amendment