Civics Report
Students Rights

I chose to do my report on students rights in the public
school system. Lisa Rowe, then sixteen a student at Teaneck High
School, in New Jersey, thought she was doing a good dead when
she returned a purse she\'d found in her English class. When she
took the purse to the office instead of being rewarded she was told
to step into the principals office and asked to pull up her sweater
and pull down her slacks, and then she was searched. Why? In
case she was hiding stolen money from the purse. That is just one
example of how students rights are being violated, and here is
another. In the case T.L.O. Vs NEW JERSEY a girl got cought
smoking in the bathroom of her school. She was then taken to the
office, and asked to open her purse and spill out the contence.
What was found in the purse was marijauna a role of money and
notes sujesting that she was a marijuna dealer. Her parrents soon
filed a suit against the school on the basis that the evidence found
was obtained illegally becauce no search warrent was used. In
1985 the case got all the way to the supreme court. The court ruled
that the fourth amendment rights didn\'t apply in the school, and
school officialsstill have to have reasonable suspicion not probale
cause. Another famous case is the case TINKER Vs DES
MOINES where two students wanted to protest the war by
wearing arm bands. When the school officials saw what the two
students were wearing the teachers demanded that the students
take the arm bands off at once. The case got all the way to the
United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court said that the
students had a right to wear arm bands just as long as they wernt
going to harm themselvs or any one elts. Just a coupple of laws on
students rights. The First Amendment says that you have a right to
freedom of speech, press, religion, and freedon to a peaceful
assembly. The Second Amendment says that you have the right to
be secure in your home, and your personal things, but apon
probable cause. Can students lockers be searched without a search
warrent? Yes, your lockers can be searched without a warrent,
only reasonable susipision that a rule or law has been broken is all
that is needed to preform a search. Can students be subject to
mass searches on campus? No, there must be suspicion directed at
each student beaing searched. What should you do if something of
yours is getting searched the best thing to do is to say in a loud
clear voice that you dont want them to searech your things so that
you can have witneses, but don\'t try to stop them. Most important
of all don\'t put anything in your locker that you don\'t want anyone
to see. I feel that students rights are being violated mare than
people know. If more people knew exactly what rights they had it
would make alot of things better and easier to understand.


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