May 2, 2014

Preparing high school grads for the police state

Minnesota ACLU - The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota sharply criticized Perham High School’s decision to require all students attending the high school’s prom on Saturday to take a breathalyzer test before admittance.

In a letter sent to school officials, ACLU-MN executive director Charles Samuelson, urged the school to reject the breath search plan because it is "likely unconstitutional, and ineffective." At the same time the ACLU-MN sent a letter to the Perham Police Department criticizing their involvement in a program that has little legal grounds.

The Fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Minnesota Constitution have protections that protect students from suspicionless searches. Furthermore, the Minnesota School Boards Association Model Policy 502, "only allows for searches of a student’s person when there exists reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover a violation of the law or school rules." Court decisions generally forbid the practice of suspicionless searches of students, with narrow exceptions for student athletes.

"By requiring breathalyzer tests, the district would be teaching students the wrong civics lesson," stated Charles Samuelson, "you imply that students are guilty until proven innocent instead of innocent until proven guilty."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

After Snowden's revelations this is rather benign. In prison and high school you are not permitted to bring in contraband. It would have been far easier just to ban dancing as happened in the 50's by Bible thumpers and in the 60's during the twist craze for health reasons, hence the revolution the Beatles created. But at Perham they go ahead and let people dance, like they let Johnny Cash sing at Folsom Prison. Good on them.

AgustinG said...

So the students will just smoke some pot or meth or crack... Will that show up on a breathalyzer? lol