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It is overwhelming how much controversy there can be over simple statements It may have been written over two hundred years ago but people are still confused over this matter As attorneys our first intent is to express the reasoning behind student searches It is obvious that there has been a major increase in the number of student property searches in schools from the time of the drafting of the Fourth Amendment 1791 until now It is equally obvious that the amount of violence and drug use has also increased dramatically When the Fourth Amendment was passed there were few schools resulting in few students There were really no problems such as the serious ones we deal with in schools today The people of that time had no idea of the problems we would face today and had they known of the controversy that was to come into play they would have most likely clarified a difference in the application of the Fourth Amendment to adults and to the youth students We cannot be absolutely positive whom the Fourth Amendment was solely written for however it is known that it protects student and adult citizens from searches without reasonable cause Unless students have something to hide generally they do not have a problem locker and desk searches Even though the majority is in agreement to the random searches the few who disagree bring up difficulties in the situation It is for those individuals that this legal brief has a purpose According to the state of Georgia and the majority of the United Sates locker searches without a warrant or student consent is perfectly legal Let it be known that the lockers and other school storage spaces open for student use belong to the school district Students are just renting the space that they are assigned to Being the property of the school district it is up to them to keep and maintain their property
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