Q: Can the school search my child's locker with my consent or knowledge?
My 13 year old sons person was searched, his backpack, coat, hoodie and locker. We were not notified. Then they find weed rolling papers. (Obviously he shouldn't have them) then they threatened to call the cops and said he'll have fun in juvie. He was so terrified that he bolted from the school. It took 4 hours in cold weather to find him. Plus because they took his coat and hoodie, he was only in a t shirt. We were not not until AFTER he took off. We had no idea any of this until he ran out of the school. We want to see if we can hold the school accountable. If they had called us from the start none of the other things would have happened. Plus the school should not have let him get out. On top of that they searched my other sons backpack, locker, and coat. Of course they didn't find anything. But they NEVER told us that part. My son did. Can the school be sued?
A: Your primary issue needs to be resolving any school administrative action or juvenile action against your son. Yes, schools can search students' personal belongings and lockers. The appropriateness of other actions described should be discussed with a local attorney.
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