Schools: Challenging Student Searches

President Reagan, in a speech before the National Forum on Excellence in Education late last year, called for a return of discipline to make American public schools "temples of learning, not drug dens." The Justice Department heeded that call last week. In a friend-of-the-court brief, Justice urged the Supreme Court to establish that students do not have full protection of the Fourth Amendment against warrantless searches and that school authorities may search students for drugs or any other evidence of school violations on grounds of "reasonable suspicion."

The court's test case deals with a Piscataway, N.J., high school assistant vice...

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