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New Jersey v. T.L.O.
Transcript of New Jersey v. T.L.O.
T.L.O., a fourteen year old high school student, was caught smoking in a bathroom with another student at Piscataway High School. Both students were taken up to the Vice Principal's office. Both girls was asked, one girl said yes, T.L.O. said no. The Vice Principal asked to see T.L.O.'s purse and found cigarettes, marijuana, and a list of people who owned her money.
The issue was deciding what was the appropriate "standard for assessing the legality of searches conducted by public school officials and the application of that standard to the facts of this case."
Path to Supreme Court
Juvenile Court of New Jersey
Appellate Division of New Jersey
Supreme Court of New Jersey
Supreme Court of the United States
By a 6-3 margin, the Supreme Court decided that the New Jersey high school conducted a reasonable search to keep the school safe.
The New Jersey v. T.L.O. trial impacted today's society with the high schools by giving teachers the right to check students' backpacks and purses for drugs and weapons to keep the school safe. The schools would also do this to help with the education of the students.