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Cales v. Howell Public Schools, 635 F. Supp. 454 (E.D. Mich. 1985).

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Transcript of Cales v. Howell Public Schools, 635 F. Supp. 454 (E.D. Mich. 1985).

SUMMARY : In this case, Ruth Cales, a 15 year old sophmore at Howell High School, was caught by a guard behind a car, outside of school when she was suppose to attend class one day. She was taken to the assistant principals office, where she was searched for possession of illegal drugs. The assistant principal, based on Cale's conduct, had concluded that she was involved in drugs which resulted in the search.
The Court believed that the search on Cales was a violation of her 4th amendment rights. They believed that the way a student acts, is not a reasonable ground for suspecting them to be involved in drugs, therefore the search was a violation of their rights. The assistant principle and Howard Public was not dismissed, and may proceed to trial. Cales v. Howell Public Schools, 635 F. Supp. 454 (E.D. Mich. 1985). The 4th Amendment Should schools be held to a different standard? How this case and amendment affects our lives today: This case and amendment connect to our lives today because drugs are still a huge problem we face today. There are actually kids who skip school, and do/sell drugs. If one of those kids are caught today, they cannot be searched, unless there is a reasonable suspicion, because it would be a violation of their rights. If I skipped school for any reason, the school does not have the right to search me unless they have a warrant,or reasonable suspicion. The 4th amendment and this case connects to our lives because it protects us with the right to privacy. I actually believe that more kids will do drugs now. Because they can't be searched without a warrant, or reasonable suspicion it will be harder for schools to catch them, resulting in more kids doing drugs. Absolutely, because education is the most important thing to a person other than food, and safety. Kids need to have an education and have to feel safe to get a good one. With kids doing drugs, and bringing guns or knives to school, it's just impossible for someone to learn in these environments. Schools should have the right to search kids because its better to feel safe than sorry. The 4th amendment protects citizens against any unreasonable searches or seizures, unless there is a warrant supported by probable cause, or a reasonable suspicion(for schools) This means that a person has the right to privacy, and what Howell High School did to Ruth Cales was violating her rights, because someone's conduct does not provide a reasonable suspicion.
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