The Most Special Need of All: The Right to Be Left Alone Analysis of Chicago Public Schools Metal Detector Policy

University of South Carolina-Aiken, Essays in Education, Vol. 15, Fall 2005

9 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2006

Abstract

Metal detectors have become common educational equipment. This paper analyzes the development, evolution, and legal basis for the Chicago Public Schools metal detector policy. The paper agrees that schools are indeed special places with special needs, but reaches a different conclusion on school search law than the current Supreme Court.

"The right to be left alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms." -Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (Quotes about Liberty)

Keywords: School metal detectors, school searches, Chicago school policy, education search law

JEL Classification: I20, I28, K10, K42

Suggested Citation

Simpson, Michael W., The Most Special Need of All: The Right to Be Left Alone Analysis of Chicago Public Schools Metal Detector Policy. University of South Carolina-Aiken, Essays in Education, Vol. 15, Fall 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=876497

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