N.J vs. T.L.O - Landmark Supreme Court Case of 1984 This is the introductory video I made for a group project at school (: I did the video && a powerpoint while my partner did the research paper ;D (I totally loved doing the graphics/visual end of the project~ as you will see in the vid x) Watch the video, read the info, && I wanna hear what you think! [video=facebook;10150115957092049]http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150115957092049[/video] A pack of cigarettes & some marihuana was found in T.L.O's purse. T.L.O fought for her right to her privacy. She alleged that the Vice Principal, as per the Fourth Amendment, did not have the right to search her property. The school officials argued that they need the broad power in order to control student conduct and the safety of the school. They claimed that their suspicions were reasonable enough to search her purse. The supreme court decided that going through TLO's purse was not a violation of her 4th amendment because the purse was in "plain view" and the assistant vice principal, Theodore Choplick had already caught her lying about smoking in the bathroom, and had more than a suspicion that she had drugs in her purse. Implications of the Outcome Schools have the right to search the property of their students: If the safety of other students is compromised If the suspicion is reasonable enough If the student is violating the law If the student disrupts the school environment Do schools need to maintain discipline for the sake of education? Do schools have the right to search bags based on suspicion? Do you think that the fourth amendment should protect students in schools?