Bill Of Rights Should Be Allowed In Public Schools Essay

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Students, as United States citizens, expect protection of Constitutional rights. However, most do not realize that this coverage does not extend to condone any act the individual sees fit. There are certain limits, especially on those attending public schools. A student has certain rights including, but not limited to, the right to free speech and expression, the expectation of privacy, and freedom to practice religious freedom in assembly. These limits exist to ensure that not any one student can compromise another's’ pursuit of education. The Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of speech and expression in the Bill of Rights. This extends to all citizens of the United States, certainly including schoolchildren. However,…show more content…
In the Supreme Court case New Jersey v. T.L.O. a student was caught smoking in the school restroom. Discipline was administered and her belongings were searched. Eventually a case was made that the school had compromised her privacy. The Supreme Court eventually ruled that in a school setting it is impractical to require the acquisition of a warrant each time a search is necessary. However it is unfounded to initiate an arbitrary search, there must be evidence of probable cause for a search to be just. Students expect religious beliefs to be protected, and they are. It goes back to the grounds of being non-disruptive. In the Supreme Court, West Side Community Schools v. Mergens it was decided that school can allow a club without supporting it necessarily. The Constitution cannot make a law restricting the practice of freedom of religion. All in all, if a school allows any interest clubs, they are not allowed to prohibit them. Rights are not “shed” when attending schools. Attending school is different than living as a citizen. There are no set in stone rules on where exactly the lines are drawn on rights, in most cases it is a judgment call. School is a learning environment and if that is compromised by your rights then restraints may be put on your
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