Another Measure of Invasion “for the Children”

Saturday, September 23, 2006
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This bill was passed this week in the House with a simple voice vote and no record of how each representative voted. The Drug Policy Alliance website says that the “Student Teacher Safety Act of 2006 (HR 5295) would require any school receiving federal funding–essentially every public school–to adopt policies allowing teachers and school officials to conduct random, warrantless searches of every student, at any time, on the flimsiest of pretexts. Saying they suspect that one student might have drugs could give officials the authority to search every student in the building.” Here’s the text of the bill, and note that it says the purpose is to “protect students and teachers.” Of course no security measure could come about were it not there to “protect” someone.

Note that the bill (Section 3) says a search of a student can occur on the basis of “reasonable suspicion based on professional experience or judgment.” Schools that do not comply with Section 3 are to be considered noncompliant and thus will lose their “Safe and Drug-Free School” funds from the federal government.

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