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Guns In Schools: Can You Legally Search Students?

11:59 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Two months, four incidents of guns on campus right here in the Triad.

On December 7th, an assistant principal found a loaded gun in a classroom at High Point Central.

Two weeks later, Thomasville police searched a New Hope Christian Academy student's truck after some traffic violations.

They found a gun in the console.

On January 11th, police say a Glenn High School student brought a gun to campus.

They say he was supposed to be involved in a pre-arranged fight.

And just last week, a Carver High School student reported a gun on campus.

After a search SRO's found an unloaded gun in a student's backpack.

Four cases, four guns, no shootings.

We were fortunate.

But is there anything else district leaders and police can do to keep student safe?

Attorney David Freedman says searches would be legal as long as they don't violate a student's personal privacy.

Searches of lockers, desks and public spaces are reasonable and legal.

But faculty or security would need reasonable suspicion to search a student's backpack or pockets.

Freedman says the expectation of privacy is weighed against the common good.

The greater threat to the public, the less expectation of privacy.

All of this is dictated by the fourth amendment which protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure.

Click the video for our entire interview with David Freedman.

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