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House Approves Strip Search Bill
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
A bill approved by the U.S. House yesterday would require school districts around the country to establish policies making it easier for teachers and school officials to conduct wide scale searches of students. These searches could take the form of pat-downs, bag searches, or strip searches depending on how administrators interpret the law.
The Student Teacher Safety Act of 2006 (HR 5295) would require any school receiving federal funding--essentially every public school--to adopt policies allowing teachers and school officials to conduct random, warrantless searches of every student, at any time, on the flimsiest of pretexts. Saying they suspect that one student might have drugs could give officials the authority to search every student in the building.
DPA supporters and others who opposed this outrageous bill called their members of Congress this week to express their disapproval. However, House leaders circumvented the usual legislative procedure to bring the bill to a quick vote. It did not pass through the committee process, but went straight to the House floor. There, it was passed by a simple voice vote, so constituents cannot even find out how their Representative voted.
The bill moves next to the Senate, but it is unlikely to be considered there this session.
Schools are becoming somewhat strange, and this latest bill is no exception.
Originally posted by Wildbob77
The point of my post, is that I think that the schools need the ability to search the students. It shouldn't be done lightly or friviously.
But if there is a rumor that someone has a gun or that a group has evil intentions, then you need to be able to react quickly to narrow down the bad actors in the group. Of course if you don't find weapons then you will be severly critized for violating the rights of the students.
There are other things that can be done to limit the accessabiliy of schools. Have limited access to campus that is either monitored. Students coming late to school should have to present a note at the office as to their reason for being late.
I wouldn't mind if all kids had to walk through metal dectectors before that get into school either.
Originally posted by dgtempe
Armed guards everywhere??? You said it. THAT IS what the government wants