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Student suspended, criminally charged for fishing knife left in father’s car

Full story : Student suspended charged for fishing knife in father's car | The Daily Caller

A senior at Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tenn. has been suspended for 10 days and faces a multitude of additional punishments including criminal charges because school officials found a knife belonging to his father inside his father’s car.

The student is David Duren-Sanner, reports local CBS affiliate WTVF.

The student’s father is a commercial fisherman who works on the West Coast. The father left — wait for it — a fishing knife in the car.
 

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This is ludicrous. First, random lock-down searches of a students vehicle should be illegal. It's one thing to search a students locker but their own vehicle? Second, it's a simple knife left in a car. If this was his first incident then confiscate it and let his parents come get it or tell him to get rid of it. Seriously, the baseball bats used by the baseball team are probably more dangerous.
 

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This is ludicrous. First, random lock-down searches of a students vehicle should be illegal. It's one thing to search a students locker but their own vehicle? Second, it's a simple knife left in a car. If this was his first incident then confiscate it and let his parents come get it or tell him to get rid of it. Seriously, the baseball bats used by the baseball team are probably more dangerous.
I dont' see how they expect this to stand the muster of any 4th amendment trial. It's pathetic that we teach our students a system of tyranny.
 

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Apparently school officials aren't held to the same standard as law enforcement. I found this researching the issue (http://safeschools.edublogs.org/school-building-security/student-searches/):

The Supreme Court has held that school officials, unlike the police, do not need to obtain a warrant prior to conducting a search. Nor do they need probable cause to believe that a violation of the law has occurred. In order to conduct a search, school officials need only a “reasonable suspicion” that a particular search will reveal evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school. Even if reasonable suspicion exists, in order for the search to be permissible, the scope of the search and the measures used during the search must be reasonably related to the purpose of the search. The level of intrusion should be based upon the age and gender of the student and the nature of the suspected infraction. The Supreme Court has upheld searches that comply with this standard only insofar as such searches are initiated and conducted by school officials. A more stringent legal standard applies to searches conducted in conjunction with or at the request of law enforcement officers.

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School officials may also search student vehicles parked on school grounds when reasonable suspicion exists that the search will disclose evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school. When it is justifiable, as in schools with serious drug and weapon incidences, all students who park their vehicles on school property could be required to leave the ignition keys with school officials in the morning and then retrieve them before leaving at the end of the school day. Or, such students simply may be required to agree to provide school officials with access to their vehicles on demand. (See Exhibit 1-1.28 Policy for Vehicle Search) To justify such a policy, the school should be able to show either that (1) students are able to bring weapons and/or drugs from their vehicles into the schools or (2) weapons and/or drugs are used or exchanged within the immediate area of the parking lot.Random vehicle searches prohibit school officials from deciding which vehicles to search. These types of searches must be conducted uniformly or by some kind of systematic, random selection, such as every third car. When conducting these kinds of searches, the courts do not allow school officials to target particular students or student groups.Just as with student lockers/desks, the school must adequately inform all students who use the school’s parking lot that their vehicles are subject to search. The students should be informed of the grounds for the search, the extent of the search, and the frequency of the searches. Once again, if it is the policy of the school to conduct random vehicle searches, which should be the school’s actual vehicle search practice. For example, if school officials inform students that their vehicles will be subject to a search once a month, but in fact do not conduct such searches monthly, students could justifiably argue that they had an expectation of privacy in their vehicles because of the practice previously followed by the schools
 

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I dont' see how they expect this to stand the muster of any 4th amendment trial. It's pathetic that we teach our students a system of tyranny.
It seems, at least during my school years, once you bring anything onto the school property it can be searched no questions asked. This applied to students only it seemed like, but was a crap policy regardless.
 

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And this is why you home school/private school your kids if at all possible. *shakes head* Reason, intent of law, all of this has gone out the window.
 

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Good god When I was in school we carried buck knives openly hooked to our belts, and I don't remember any random searches of student cars, although we could not have locks on our lockers. Granted this was over 35 yrs ago, when common sense was, well, more common.
 

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I bet the handle of the knife was made from really scary, deadly, black plastic. That is what really worried the school official!

, when common sense was, well, more common.
Unfortunately, those days are long gone it seems.

I remember reading about a grade school student somewhere in the US recently, that was suspended for biting into his pop-tart and making it into the shape of a pistol.
 

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Oh boy.
 
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