Hawaii is considering whether to give school principals the power to search student lockers and use drug-sniffing dogs campus wide, regardless of whether there is there is evidence of wrongdoing.
The idea is to give principals the authority to “keep drugs and weapons out of the schools”.
A controversial proposal to allow locker searches solely at the discretion of principals, and the use of drug-sniffing dogs on school campuses statewide, will face a key vote tomorrow.
The Board of Education will decide whether principals should have the authority to search student lockers and conduct drug searches with dogs even if they don’t have evidence that a student has contraband.
Granted, students who are under 18 don’t necessarily have the same rights as full adults and therefore have little recourse. And I don’t have a problem with locker searches for bona fide reasons. But I do have a problem giving these people the power to pretty much do whatever they want. Apparently, the principals already have the power to conduct searches when they feel that it is warranted.
So why do they need this new power? I don’t know but since the State Attorney’s office gave it’s recommendation to have “without cause” searches, my guess is yet another governmental corruption scheme. I’ll have more corruption stories in the future, so don’t think my comment is without merit.