Posted on: Friday, November 2, 2007
Hawaii school board
favors locker searches
By Loren Moreno
Advertiser Staff Writer
The state Board of Education last night moved a step closer toward approving a controversial proposal to allow suspicionless searches of student lockers on public school campuses solely at the discretion of principals and school administrators.
The board voted 11-1 to allow locker searches “with or without cause,” but added a clause that said searches may not be discriminatory.
The policy would take effect following public hearings and a final board vote and if approved by Gov. Linda Lingle.
Last night’s decision at the board’s meeting on Moloka’i reversed an earlier decision by a board committee to allow searches of student lockers only if there is suspicion of contraband, such as weapons or drugs.