New Jersey v. T.L.O.

By: Austin and Walker

Background Info About the Case

A girl in high school with the initials, T.L.O., was caught by a teacher smoking cigarettes in the bathroom of her school. The teacher brought her to the Principle's office. When in the office, the Assistant Vice Principle met them there and he demanded to check her purse where he found cigarettes, other drugs, lots of cash, pipes, and a notecard with a list of names of students indicating that she was dealing drugs. The student brought the incident to court where she fought about her 4th Amendment rights being broken.

Supreme Court Decision and Change to the US

The Supreme Court ruled that while on school grounds, school officials were obligated to keep other students safe by searching students' things without breaking the law and some rights may be limited while at school.