New Jersey v TLO

By Nathan Wilson

New Jersey v TLO - Date: Mar 28, 1984/ Oct 2, 1984

T.L.O. was a student in high school. After being brought in by school officials, she had her purse checked under the suspicion of having cigarettes. Under further inspection, the school uncovered marijuana and a list of people who owed her money.

This was an important case as it brought up 4th amendment issues relating to if T.L.O. was searched without proper warrant. It was ruled that students' rights are limited while on school grounds to a minor degree under the school's discretion. This is also seen in limiting some 1st amendment rights as well.


"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." - 4th Amendment