Terry, a freshman who attends Piscataway High School in New Jersey, was smoking in the ladies restroom. The smoke caught the attention of a passing teacher.
I cant even with you right now.! What were you thinking!?! Smoking AND selling?!?
She was later discovered by the teacher. The teacher searched Terry's bag, without a "warrant" and without her permission, and found a pack of cigarettes, rollers, and a small amount of weed. Terry admitted she was also selling the weed.
Ms. Terry, do you know what you have done?
The teacher called the principal. They later contacted the police who would detain Terry.
Hey! No smoking in school! I'll take that young man!
Terry was sent to court for possession of weed and smoking on school grounds.
Mom... I... I can explain...
Terry claimed her four amendment rights were violated. The teacher did not ask for Terry's permission to search her bag and did not have legal papers either. Terry appealed her conviction.
From then on, if you are in the middle of criminal activity or have reasonable suspicion of doing something illegal, the school has the right to search you or your belongings.