Persuasive Essay On School Security

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On February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School became nationally known as the location where 17 innocent students, friends, family members and coworkers became the victims of Nikolas Cruz’s brutality. On December 14, 2012, 20 innocent children were stripped away from being the future of America, and 6 adults who woke up with the intention to provide them an education were murdered on the hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The list of these tragic events continues extensively, and the number of victims from school violence, unfortunately, follow the same sequence. The crucial similarity of the schools affected was their lack of improved and enforced security. Similarly, school security procedures and measures currently in…show more content…
Admittedly, students could potentially feel like they are entitled to privacy and will argue that the 4th Amendment should be followed on school grounds. The 4th Amendment guarantees, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures”. Although the Amendment applies in random searches, courts have not restricted schools from conducting them. As stated by MB&M Attorneys at Law, “The Court of Appeals stated that the sniffing of student lockers in public hallways and automobiles parked on public parking lots does not constitute a search and therefore is permissible under the Fourth Amendment” (3). Thus, districts that conduct searches are within government guidelines and ultimately do not violate students’ constitutional rights. Altogether, the concept of increasing school security measures and preventative measures bring beneficial effects to schools in the long-run. The expense of placing preventative measures is cheaper than that of expenses after an event of a crisis. Enhancing security provides a safer environment for students where they can feel confident and safe affecting education in a positive manner. Threats being deterred by preventative measures is the main effect that security should influence, and well-thought-out plans in the event of an emergency can save the lives of millions of students across the
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