Aug 282010
 August 28, 2010  Posted by  Surveillance, Youth & Schools

Ryan Calhoun reports:

Random school searches are meant to keep your children safe, but one parent tells the Richmond County school board it’s unconstitutional and now they’re taking a new look at the policy.

OK, let’s stop right there in amazement. A parent raises a constitutional concern and the school board decides to think about their policy more? It doesn’t take a lawsuit to get them to at least consider their policy? What a refreshing change.


In the U.S. Supreme Court case, Safford Unified School District #1 v. Redding it states, “For school searches, ‘the public interest is best served by a Fourth Amendment standard of reasonableness that stops short of probable cause.'”

Later it reads, “…a school search ‘will be permissible…when the measures adopted are reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in the light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.'”

Richmond County School officials tell News 12 their attorney is now drafting a policy to make sure their searches are legal.

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