Acton V. Vernonia School District Case Study

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Have you ever took a drug test and felt like you had to give up your privacy as a citizen? James Acton did in the court case " Acton v. Vernonia School District". After reviewing the case I 've come to the decision to agree with the school district and believe that the government interest in keeping the students safe from drug use weighs more than this seventh graders privacy. “It has been 35 years since Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural speech as President — the one in which he said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”” ( When presidant Reagan said this, not only do I agree with this but i also believe this is why there is limited government. If there wasn 't limited …show more content…

The test that the Supreme Court uses to determine if individual rights and the common good is balanced in the case of " Acton v. Vernonia School District" is whether the government outweighs the privacy of the the person or vice versa. The time is during school so between the hours of seven am to eight pm if you count different extracurricular activities. The place is on any government ground which at all times, school is government property. If there is any threat on government property that involves a student 's learning and could be potentially hindering it, the government interest starts to become more heavy than privacy. An unreasonable search and seizure would be for example if a school facility member overheard some students talking about a person, let 's say this person 's name is Susan. The teacher overheard some students say Susan has ibuprofen on her. Now if the facility member went up to Susan and proceeded to strip search her after she tells them she doesn 't have any, this would violate her right to privacy. With it only being ibuprofen the right to her privacy weigh more than the government interest. So when the school strip searched her, they violated her privacy which goes against the

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