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Privacy Vs. Public Safety in "The Board of Education of Pottawatomie v. Earls"
A review of the "The Board of Education of Pottawatomie v. Earls" case that concerns school drug testing and the Fourth Amendment's basic right to privacy.
# 152493 | 1,504 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2013 in Law (Constitution)


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Description:

The paper provides the facts of "The Board of Education of Pottawatomie v. Earls" case and shows how it is most directly related to laws regarding search and seizure, which form the basic foundation of the Fourth Amendment. The paper discusses how the need to protect citizens from an over-zealous government must be balanced with the need for public safety, which it is the government's primary objective to ensure. The paper considers the implications of this case even for non-school government agencies and notes that though this case clarified certain issues for the time being, more complications and cases are sure to arise.

Outline:
Introduction
The Details
Surveillance, Search, and Seizure
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The issue of a basic right to privacy has long been a controversial matter in the United States. Though never explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, the right for individuals to make their own choices in certain spheres without worrying about government intervention or even government knowledge is seen as implicit and fundamental in many of the explicitly stated rights and freedoms that are enumerated in the Constitution. Various Supreme Court decisions made throughout the nation's history, and especially since the beginning of the twentieth century, have attempted to more clearly and firmly define exactly how far the right to privacy extends, and where it must be limited to serve the need for public safety and general well-being. The issue is far from simple, as one recent case heard by the Court regarding drug testing in schools quite clearly illustrates.
"The school district in Pottawatomie, Oklahoma instituted a policy of administering random drug tests to students involved in a wide array of voluntary extracurricular activities, from participation in sports to membership in groups such as the Future Farmers of America (Oyez 2010). Two students (and their parents) challenged this policy, arguing that it infringed upon their Fourth Amendment-granted freedom from unreasonable searches and intrusions into their private lives without just cause or suspicion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fager, W. (2002). "The case: Pottawatomie County v. Earl." Accessed 6 June 2010. http://thestraights.com/news/supreme-court-decision-district92.htm
  • Justia. (2010). Board of Education of Independent School district No. 92 of Pottawatomie County et al v Earls et al - 536 U.S. 822 (2002). Accessed 6 June 2010. http://supreme.justia.com/us/536/822/case.html
  • Oyez. (2010). "Board of Education v. Earls." Accessed 6 June 2010. http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2001/2001_01_332

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Privacy Vs. Public Safety in "The Board of Education of Pottawatomie v. Earls" (2013, February 24) Retrieved September 18, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/privacy-vs-public-safety-in-the-board-of-education-of-pottawatomie-v-earls-152493/

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"Privacy Vs. Public Safety in "The Board of Education of Pottawatomie v. Earls"" 24 February 2013. Web. 18 September. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/privacy-vs-public-safety-in-the-board-of-education-of-pottawatomie-v-earls-152493/>

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