The San Diego Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union recently asked students entering its first student editorial writing contest to express themselves on the U.S. Supreme Court's 1985 decision that the Fourth Amendment's protection from unreasonable search and seizure does not fully apply to students on school property. This was the winning editorial in the eighth-grade category.
As an American citizen, I feel that everyone's rights should be respected. This includes students. The rule that there must be a search warrant or "probable cause" should apply to all searches. Even though the problems with drugs and violence are very severe, they are not so severe that we must resort to unreasonable searches.
We as students are people who have rights. Our rights are just as important as those of our elders. We should not be deprived of them because of our age or because we cannot yet vote. We should not have to give up our rights when the only reason is that others our age are committing crimes.
Would adults feel safe if the police could search their homes at any time because among their peers were murderers, drug dealers, or robbers? Would they feel that it was fair? Wouldn't they protest? Of course they would. Most adults would not allow anyone to deprive them of their rights.