No Child Left Unsearched

October 31, 2007

Teaching Mad

The drug dogs are coming. We don’t know when, but the heads-up was given this week in the form of a letter to parents, informing them of the legality of such searches. I understand the rationale, accept that it is legal and am generally in favor of measures to make our school safer, but the scenario–cop cars screeching into the parking lot, sirens blaring, the lockdown procedure and presence of German Shepherds–alarms me.

I see that elsewhere in the country administrators are playing policeman: ” School officials at Monarch High in Louisville are committing felonies and violating students’ privacy by seizing students’ cell phones, reading their text messages and making notes about it in students’ permanent files, the ACLU warned Wednesday.”

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