Lindsey, a school police officer and the principal found Polk in a hallway, searched another bag he was carrying and found a gun. Polk was charged with a weapons violation. At trial, he argued that the search was unconstitutional so the discovery of the gun was inadmissible. The trial court and 10th District Court of Appeals agreed. But the Franklin County prosecutor appealed the matter to the supreme court.
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The high court took into account deadly shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut and Virginia Tech University and determined that school security is a fundamental value.
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Whetstone High’s search of unattended bags to identify their owners and make sure the contents aren’t dangerous is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled.
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