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Name of the case and year it was decided X New Jersey v TLO 1985 The constitutional amendment V or section theeofXwhich the court is interpreting X 14th amendment The specific facts of the case X On March 7 1980 a teacher at Piscataway High School in New Jersey found two girls smoking in a restroom Since this was a violation of school rules the teacher took the two students to the principals office The assistant vice principal questioned the two girls separately One student admitted she had been smoking However TLO denied that she had been smoking in the restroom and claimed she did not smoke at all The assistant vice principal then asked to see TLOs purse When he opened the purse he found a pack of cigarettes and also noticed a package of rolling papers which the vice principal knew were associated with marijuana use He then searched the purse more thoroughly and found a small quantity of marijuana a pipe several empty plastic bags a substantial amount of money a card that appeared to be a list of students who owed TLO money and two letters that implicated TLO in marijuana dealing Thereafter the State of New Jersey brought delinquency charges against TLO in Juvenile Court The Juvenile Court denied TLOs motion to suppress the evidence found in her purse The Juvenile Court held that although the Fourth Amendment applied to searches by school officials that the vice principals search of her purse was reasonable The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed the Juvenile Courts finding that the search of the purse was unreasonable The United States Supreme Court held that students are entitled to the same protection of the law as every other citizen and that school officials may conduct searches without a warrant if they have probable cause to believe that the subject being searched is violating or has violated the law or the rules of
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