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Strip Searching Students for Missing Money or Property: Educators Should Just Say No!


by Richard Fossey ó June 18, 2007

It has been 22 years since the Supreme Court first affirmed that children have a constitutional right under the Fourth Amendment to be free from unreasonable searches while at school. In New Jersey v. TLO (1985), the Court acknowledged that school authorities have an important interest in maintaining safety and order in the schools, but that this interest must be balanced against the school childís constitutionally protected right to privacy.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 18, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14523, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 5:10:11 PM

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  • Richard Fossey
    University of North Texas
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    RICHARD FOSSEY is a Professor of Education Law and Policy at the University of North Texas.
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