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Should locker searches in schools be allowed?

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Started: 1/16/2014 Category: Education
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redcenturion42

Pro

Please only accept if you won't forfeit.

The question here is are locker searches needed. I don't quite see any reason why we shouldn't have them. It is important to be able to ensure the safety of the students and faculty. Unless you are keeping something illegal in your locker then their is no reason why you would need to object to locker searches. And please don't say that you have personal property in your locker. If you are old enough to have a locker then I would hope that you would be smart enough to keep things like your diary or journal at home The locker belongs to the school. They pay for it and they maintain it. The only reason they loan the locker to you is to keep your backpack and extra books safe instead of you having to carry them around all day. So really they aren't searching your space they are just looking at what you put into there space.
bananasocks1

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I accept your challenge and I will now move on to the bases of my argument that school locker should not be searched.

Contention 1: The Fourth Amendment,

a. The fourth 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, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Contention 2. Trust
The biggest drawback to a school locker search is the lack of trust students may feel as a result of actions they see as an invasion of privacy. Because students may keep personal items in their lockers, such as photographs and personal letters, even a search with the best intentions can appear to be a major breach of trust by teachers and administrators, causing a rift between the student body and the faculty.

Because students' expectations of privacy must be reduced in order for locker searches to be conducted, their expectations of other aspects of the school climate may be reduced, too. If students do not feel "at home" at school, they may have less invested in the school's -- and their own -- success. Locker search policies presuppose wrongdoing. Some school safety experts recommend engaging students' trust in campus safety programs instead of alienating them, and creating an atmosphere of optimism.

Contention 3. Lack of effectiveness

Although locker searches are widely employed, their effectiveness has not been systematically researched on a national scale. The focus remains on reacting to potential wrongdoing instead of proactively creating a culture where abiding by laws and rules is preferable and expected.

Implementation of locker searches can be time-consuming, costly, and can distract from learning time. Searches take time away from the other duties of administrators. They sometimes must employ costly private security companies, or they consume police officers' time. Because searches must be based on suspicion, rumors abound among students when a search is underway and crowding the classroom windows to watch is not uncommon. Sometimes entire hallways are cleared and students must be redirected.

Searches can also become an obligation. Once a locker search policy is written, not conducting searches regularly can negate the policy if it's challenged later.
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