In the famous New Jersey v. TLO case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled schools have the right to search students and their possesions without a warrant if the search is necessary for the maintaining of order and safety. Recently, a Shasta school district was prevented from drug testing students involved in extra-curricular activities including sports, choir, and clubs, randomly. The California Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution includes the right to privacy and drug testing is a violation of the right. The U.S Supreme Court, however, has ruled that schools may drug test randomly. Share your thoughts including those in the questions below.
Do minors have the right to privacy, when the school seeks to discover if illegal actions have taken place (not directly refrring to drug testing in this question)?
Is something taken from a person's body and tested more private than their possessions?
Why do courts allow schools to drug test athletes only, but not these other groups, too? Should there be any difference? And what about students who are involved in no school activities, do they have more rights to privacy than student athtetes?
Do you know that your cars in the parking lot can be legally searched by school personnel if a sign were posted warning you? Thoughts on this?
Why can California law be different from the laws in other states?
Make sure to post your responses by 8:00 AM Wednesday morning.