New Jersey V. Case Analysis Essay

806 Words Apr 25th, 2015 4 Pages
New Jersey v. T. L. O.
Maggie Anderson
EDL 606 Judicial and Ethical Considerations
April 25, 2015
William Carey University

New Jersey v. T. L. O.

Introduction Of Case: New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985) is a court case heard and ruled on by the Supreme Court of the United States. The case dealt with the constitutionality of the search of a public school student after she had gotten caught smoking in a public school bathroom. The search provided evidence of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and the intent of sale of drugs. The student fought the charges, stating that the search violated her Fourth Amendment rights. The United States Supreme Court ruled 6-3, that the search was reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.
Citation: New Jersey v. T. L. O. 469 U.S. 325 105 S. Ct. 733; 83 L. Ed. 2d 720; 1985 U. S. LEXIS 41; 53 U.S.L.W. 4083.
Facts of the Case: On March 17, 1980, a 14 year-old student and her classmate in Piscataway Township High School had gotten caught smoking cigarettes in the public school bathroom by a teacher. This violated the school rule. The teacher took them to Theodore Choplick, the assistant principal’s office. The assistant principal then questioned girls about smoking in the bathroom. One girl admitted to smoking. However, one female denied that they had been smoking at all. The assistant principal requested that he look into the student’s purse. He then found a pack of cigarettes, rolling papers, a pipe, marijuana, substantial…

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