A comic displaying a Supreme Court Case, titled T.L.O.
One more cigarette wouldn't hurt... I love smoking!
What?! You can't check my bag, it's MINE.
Let me see that purse! Drugs?!? I'm calling the police, NOW.
Excuse me, young lady! Unacceptable. You can not SMOKE here.
The search of my purse violated my 4th Amendment protection against "unreasonable searches and seizures!
Later that day...
We've assembled here today to discuss the T.L.O case. Terry had a pack of cigarettes, rolling papers, and a small amount of marijuana inside her purse.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school. Students do have "legitimate expectations of privacy," though it should balance with maintaining an environment in which learning can take place. The search of Terry's purse was reasonable, based on the teacher's report. The discovery of rolling papers near the cigarettes in her purse created reasonable suspicion that she possessed marijuana, justifying further exploration.
A few weeks later...
You are pronounced guilty of possession of marijuana and will be placed on probation.
Yes, the case is finally solved! Thank you so much!
T.L.O. is the landmark case on search and seizure at school. School officials may search a student's property if they have a "reasonable suspicion" that a school rule has been broken, or a student has committed/is in the process of committing a crime. (suspicion-based" searches.
Yeah, yeah, I get it. I learned my lesson. *sigh*