If shit goes down in a school, parents aren't going to sue taxpayers. They are going to sue Superintendents and building administrators.
And sure, the items a person stores inside of a locker are private property, but the locker itself is not, the school building is not. There are "codes of conduct" for all kinds of locations, and one of those codes certainly is "what you can and cannot" bring into the building, and for good reason, like say, public safety.
As a parent, I want the administrators of my school to have the ability to head shit off at the pass before it ends up posing harm to my kids. Now, I also would want them to use restraint and reason and not go out of their way to cause trouble for any particular kids. Especially given that often the "good kids" can be involved in shit just as much as the "bad kids."
1. I never said that. Are you going to argue what I actually said, or are you going to put strawmen in my mouth?
No, I'm simply laying down the bottom line which is that school administration has many duties in their roles. Safety is one but they also have to consider the outcomes of their actions (or inaction). I mean, it's an extreme example, but if a kid was hiding a gun in his locker, the buidling administrator had the ability but didn't search the locker after hearing suspicion that he had a gun, kid then goes and shoots and kills some kids...it's that administrator's head that's on the block. And so this is obviously a critical piece of what would fuel whether or not schools institute protocols around searching lockers.
2. Sure, many places have a code of conduct. But you're not legally required to attend those places, unless you've broken the law. Which is kinda my point. Schoolchildren are being treated as de facto criminals.
Not if the protocol is instituted in a fair and equitable manner and one that is based on just cause and reasonable suspicion. But that is something that can be policed through school boards, local government, etc.
3. Parents make all kinds of unreasonable demands and wants from school officials. If you believe I have to deny the right of privacy to every student without good reason, I'm going to chuck that on the pile of idiotic demands from parents, such as "give me records of my child's movements for the past three months" and "escort my 19 year old son to the school's gates, every day".
I don't believe it be unreasonable to give building administrators the tools to prevent harm coming upon the children who attend the school. If my daughter's principal had a tip that one of the kids was carrying a knife, did nothing to find and confiscate that knife, and then my daughter gets stabbed....THAT is unreasonable.
But that isn't the same as a principal saying, that kid looks
like trouble and searches a locker with no reasonable suspicion or credible information. If that happens, that principal should be called on the carpet and given their walking papers.
The reality is, with as many people as we have on this planet, public safety by its very nature is going to require us giving up some of our privacy and freedom. However, it can still be done in a way that preserves the most amount of privacy and freedom as possible. And it should be a whole community conversation and process to determine where that happens.