Students' Rights and Teachers' Responsibilities Scenario
I remember being in Geneva County high school when the principal started conducting random locker searches. I was one of those students that liked the idea of these searches but did not want to voice my opinion. Many of the students were complaining that it was an infringement of their rights, but I did not have anything to hide, so it did not bother me. Most of the students knew which kids brought drugs to school, but no one wanted to be the one to tell on them. Random locker searches reduced that pressure from the students, because it was then out of our hands. I remember when my friend’s boyfriend was suspended for having marijuana in his locker. My friend and I knew the marijuana was in his locker, but we were not going to tell on one of our friends. I was kind of relieved when he got caught because there was no more pressure on me and the marijuana was out of the school. Something like this is why teachers in every school should always be allowed to randomly search student’s lockers at any time they have a reasonable suspicion.
Teachers sometimes spend more hours with children than their parents do and they need to have some sort of authority when it comes to the students. Teachers have a responsibility not only to teach our kids, but to also keep them safe and this includes keeping them safe from drugs and violence. So yes that includes searching their lockers if they have a reasonable suspicion that a school rule is violated. Some searches are clearly illegal, for example, if a teacher searches a student’s locker just on a hunch or for no reason at all. Teachers undertaking random locker searches could be an effective way to help get drugs and weapons out of schools and discourage students from bringing these items to school in the first place. If teachers make it aware to the students that random searches may happen, then they are less