PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that high school students can be searched for illegal drugs without a warrant if school officials have a reasonable suspicion based on specific facts.
The court said schools are not held to the higher standard of requiring probable cause for a search when officials believe there is an immediate risk of harm from possession of illegal drugs on school grounds.
The case began with the seizure of marijuana from a Rex Putnam High School student in Portland in 2005 after another student tipped school officials.
The ruling upheld a juvenile court judge who applied a U.S. Supreme Court standard on school searches because there were no previous Oregon cases that applied.
Jun 10, 2010
No warrant needed for drug searches in Oregon schools