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Should schools check students backpacks or lockers?

  • yes, but only lockers

    The school should be able to search the lockers because it belongs to that school not the students. However, under the fourth amendment it states that a search must have probable cause but not a search warrant, and you can not just base it on a rumor. If you do it based on a rumor then you first need to ask the persons friends if that persons does or doesn't have anything.

  • Sure

    Really, it depends on the circumstances, and schools can be very lax in identifying what constitutes probable cause. You shouldn't start digging in a student's backpack because "he might have a bomb, you never know", but if you have a really good reason to believe that someone is going to do something that is bad, then a school would be justified in checking backpacks. About lockers: Schools seem to justify the lockers being their property when it suits them to randomly search them, but they somehow refuse to take any responsibility for when people jimmy them and steal the contents.

  • Yes but no in certain places

    Unless that place (e.g. Singapore) is relatively safe, checks do not need to be so regularly carried out. If it is USA, then yes absolutely. Had they had a gun ban, they would not need to be so stringent when it comes to security.

  • Yes

    When students are on school property, the school teachers and staff are responsible for the safety of the students. This is a number one priority and the school rules are made keep students safe. Students' social lives are not a top priority. In terms of privacy, if the students have nothing to hide, then what is the problem. If they are hiding something that is embarrassing, then the school staff should know about it, once again, for safety reasons.

  • It should be allowed, if required and justified.

    If security reasons require it, with due notice it should be allowed.

  • The lockers do not belong to the students.

    It is very simple. The locker does not belong to the student, and those checks are only there to ensure the safety of all the students within in school.

  • If teachers or administrators feel it's necessary for the safety of the students it should be allowed.

    If someone at school is rumored to have guns or any kind of weapons, schools should be able to check the lockers of those suspected students. I think it's necessary for the safety of the school.

  • Yes, Its not their locker

    Schools should be able to search students lockers, because it's the schools locker that they pay for to be put in. Students only use it for that year. Unless the student buys the locker the school has every right to search the locker especially if they have a probable cause.

  • Lockers

    Schools should be allowed to check belongings. If something was in a backpack that is "discriminating" it should not be on the campus

  • What an odd question...

    Really, it depends on the circumstances, and schools can be very lax in identifying what constitutes probable cause. You shouldn't start digging in a student's backpack because "he might have a bomb, you never know", but if you have a really good reason to believe that someone is going to do something that is bad, then a school would be justified in checking backpacks. About lockers: Schools seem to justify the lockers being their property when it suits them to randomly search them, but they somehow refuse to take any responsibility for when people jimmy them and steal the contents.

  • Schools shouldn't check student belongings

    If people go to school is because they want to learn and be better. People in schools are not criminals that need to be check all the time. Schools need to explain the rules and make sure that all students follow them.

  • no

    because as a student or a girl for example may have personal belongings in their back pack or locker that may cause discrimation or embarrassment from others

  • no

    no because it is an invasion of privacy and the kid may feel harrassed and embarresd it is only ok if the the teachers think the kid is carrying a weapon or drugs. would teachers like it if student went through their belogings? no, so why would they do it to us if they know its wrong

  • It's not OK

    I strongly believe that students should not have their private property searched. Just because a backpack is brought to school, doesn't make it school property. Another reason is that the Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures. Officials that do this are sick people and they have no right to look in students things.

  • No more locker checking. Lockers should be private.

    They are not our parents so they do not get to check our stuff. Our stuff is exactly that--our stuff, not theirs. We need to be trusted. Teachers should leave the backpack and locker checking to our parents. They are not our parents and they do not have the right to touch our stuff but our parents do!!!!

  • It is an invasion of privacy.

    I think it's an invasion if privacy to go through a students personal items such as their locker or their purse/backpack. They should only be allowed if they have perfect evidence that there needs to be a search of their locker or backpack/purse during school hours. Invasion of our privacy.

  • This should not be allowed!

    Teachers have personal items that no one needs to know about and so do students. This is just invading a person's privacy. I myself would not let anyone see my items even if they weren't personal. They need to mind their own business. To anyone who thinks that so and so has this in their bag and we need to take it away, no. This is so inappropriate to be doing. I would not let anyone go into my bag. Some people just want to know what people have in their pockets or bags. This is unacceptable. This is so stupid and the teachers are just as private as the students. No one should ever go in a person's bag, even if they know that person very well. This should not be going on in any schools. Everyone was a student once and this goes for even people that were in home school.

  • It is unacceptable!

    Children should not have to go through this. It is their items that people would be going through. Also the 4th Amendment states that people shall not be violated. Also think of this, imagine that you were little and you were going to school. When you arrive you have to go and get everything taken out of your backpack. You would feel unsafe. Also it would be embarrassing if they were to take something out that was personal or private to the child. Also while they are searching, something very valuable might break and that won't be good. Those are all the ways that I am AGAINST locker and backpack check ups.

  • I would feel less safe knowing people can come in and look in my personal items when ever they want.

    It's not fair, if teachers can look through your stuff, you should be able to look through theirs. When is the last time you ever heard of a student looking through a teachers PERSONAL items? YOU HAVEN'T, AND IF YOU HAVE, WHAT HAPPENED? YOU GOT SUSPENDED OR EXPELLED! It's understandable if they're thinking there's a weapon, but knowing someone can just say oh! I think this person has drugs in their locker, and they get checked, how do you have privacy? It's not okay. If something like this ever happens and they're wrong, what you do is tell them to stay here for a witness and tell them I'm only letting a cop check my things which is a law. You must get a cop if someone tells you to. Then right before the cop checks, say if there is nothing in here I'm taking you to court and they will be sued, because it's a guarantee that you will win. But if you know you have something, don't do that.

  • Teachers shouldn't be allowed to check students backpacks/lockers.

    First of all, if teachers suspect something they do not have the privilege to check our stuff. If you haven't seen, police HAVE to have a search warrant to search since it is private property. Since the schools don't produce our backpacks, and we have to buy them and its with us 24/7. Therefore, it's also considered to be our property no matter what. It is saying if a student had a phone and you got it taken away, and the administration office or teachers could look through it without our consent it just wrong. We absolutely don't go looking through their things we have respect for them and they should have the same respect for us. We are minors and if you are willing to look through our stuff you should at least have out guardian present. Also, we do have the right to argue if we don't want teachers to search our backpacks/lockers. If they harass you or threaten you to show them you can tell someone cause your harassing a minor.


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Anonymous says2013-04-11T14:50:44.950
Hi I am precious for your info searching lockers is a good thing because it can eliminate drugs or harmful weapons
Anonymous says2013-05-08T15:14:37.497
NOPE i like drugs