Case Summary: New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985) (High School Level)

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Case issue: Is it constitutional under the Fourth Amendment for a school official to search a student if there is a reasonable belief that a student is committing a crime or breaking a school rule? 

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    New Jersey v. TLO

    Posted by Melanie Lee on Nov 19th 2020

    This was one of their favorite assignments we completed. So many students were caught with aspirin and Midol at school and now understand why the schools reacted the way they did.
    This extended the conversation to searching cell-phones. Kids didn't want to leave class; they loved this!!!