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Court Upholds School’s and Police’s Right to Violate Student’s Fourth Amendment Rights

February 5, 2012
Giacomo, Godfather Politics

Springfield Public Schools in Missouri locked down the school and allowed police to randomly search through all of the private possessions of any student they wanted.  The police did not have a warrant to conduct the search and neither the students nor their parents were notified in advance or asked permission.

When parents found out, many of them were outraged at the unlawful invasion of their children’s privacy.

John Whitefield, president of The Rutherford Institute filed a lawsuit against Springfield schools for conducting the lockdown and allowing the police to conduct the illegal search.  Whitefield said

“Besides the invasive nature of these kinds of things, what it teaches students in the future is that you live in a police state, that the police can [do this] without a search warrant, without you doing anything wrong, without them proving [they have] probable cause under the Fourth Amendment, that becomes normal.

“That’s why the Fourth Amendment was put in our Constitution — it’s that we’re not supposed to be treated like we’re suspects, that we have bodily integrity, our homes are our castles.  But increasingly the law and the way this country treats us is going against that founding principle, and I think it’s really sad and very unfortunate.”

Unbelievably, a US District Court ruled in favor of the school and determined that they did not violate any of the student’s constitutional rights including the Fourth Amendment.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rwolf permalink
    February 7, 2012 4:21 pm

    Are Colleges Next for Warrant-less Police Searches of Campus Dorm Rooms, Lockers and Their Parked Cars on Campus?

    The only difference between students at the Springfield School which the U.S. District Court ruled police could search without probable cause or warrants their personal belongings located on school property—is that college students residing at or attending a college campus—are older. This U.S. District Court ruling if not overruled has the potential of giving government the power to sidestep the Fourth Amendment, search anyone and their belongs on state or federal property; including National Parks.

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