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Is it a violation of civil rights for a principal of an elementary school to search a cell phone without reasonable cause and look to discipline the student based upon parental conflicts with that principal?
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QUESTION: "Is it a violation of civil rights for a principal of an elementary school to search a cell phone without reasonable cause and look to discipline the student based upon parental conflicts with that principal?"

 

ANSWER: Yes. In fact, a couple of years ago (2010) there was a somewhat similar case: N.N. v. Tunkhannock Area School District et al., 10-cv-01080-ARC. Please, contact the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania: File a Complaint and Students' Rights Handbook. They handled the case I referenced and would be the best place to start.

 

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I am a fellow educator who is taking a MS class in School Law, and the whole search and seisure popped into my head. Kindly look at my additional question I posted with more indepth information, and I am looking for case law, supreme court decisions, etc to look into this further. I am using this experience as an assignment of my Master's degree.
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I see that one of my able attorney colleagues has addressed your other post.

 

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