Sam Thompson reports:
Principals want the power to search students for weapons and drugs this year.
Thousands of students are heading back to school this week.
President of the Secondary Schools Principals Association Patrick Walsh says guidelines were developed last year, but he wants the Education Act changed.
“Two give schools specifically the power of search and seizure, issues around weapons in schools and students bringing in drugs in schools are not going away and we believe that would act as an important deterrent.”
Mr Walsh says believes they can maintain the rights of students against blanket searches.
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