Friday, June 11, 2004

ACLU Sues Detroit Schools

An interesting story came across the wire today saying that the ACLU has sued the Detroit school system for illegally searching students in a high school.

This is one of the few areas where we applaud the ACLU over here at GR Pundit. They like to ignore some amendments to the constitution while over-interpreting others. Anyhow, back to the story...

It appears as though a mass-search of Mumford High School in Detroit was conducted by police on Feb 18th. The search included patting down all 1800 students and forcing them into an auditorium while the search was conducted and not allowing them to leave. The term "false imprisonment" comes to mind here. Police are now corralling students into an auditorium and not letting them leave? Sometimes I wish I was an attorney just to go after things like this.

But, as you already know, this author is not an attorney so I can't give legal advice. However, if I were a student at this high school I would refuse to be searched without a warrant. One such student did this, but was arrested for disorderly conduct. Getting in the way of the government's monopoly on force can be dangerous indeed. Challenging the authorities has historically been a bad idea.

But, at least one student had the guts to refuse the blanket search. Who knows on what grounds this student refused, but it is a sad testament to what is being taught in schools these days. It's pretty clear the constitution is not a topic of learning any more. Every student should understand his or her right to refuse a search without a warrant.

Before you reply with "well, you don't understand what kind of crime and drug problem those schools have...", allow me to add this: nothing was found in the search of those 1800 students.

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