Random Locker Searches Essay, Research Paper
Opposing Side- Random Locker Searches
The IV amendment states ?The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…? This means that a person will not have their private property searched or taken without a warrant or probable cause. Therefore, random locker searches are illegal, against civil rights, and wrong because, if they are done randomly, they are done to students who may or may not have a reason to be searched and if they do not, its against the law and unconstitutional.
Although the lockers are the property of the school, the contents within are not. The administrators should not be allowed to go through the lockers purchased by the students for a whole year. The items in the lockers are the private property of the students and therefore should not be handled, looked at, inspected, confiscated, or otherwise by the administration. Modern day schools are not run by the doctrine of loco parentis, which stated that ? school officials were given the right, duty, and responsibility to act in the place of a parent.? This meant that administration can search students and take things from them that they considered ?inappropriate? and they could do so without a warrant or ?probable cause? or ?reasonable suspicion.? Which does allow the administration to search a locker or student if they is a ?reasonable suspicion? that the student might have something illegal, but if a random locker search is random then there is no ?reasonable suspicion,? and with no ?reasonable suspicion? or a warrant, than the locker search is illegal. A school is run by the constitution and the laws stated in it, and random locker searches are a blatant violation of the rights promised to the people in the constitution of the United States.
In conclusion, random locker searches are unconstitutional, and should not be practiced by the administration. It violates student(s) rights, and constitutional rights. These types of practices should be outlawed.