Washington State Lawmakers Consider Expanding Police Search Power
By Steve Jackson
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Police officers could search students’ lockers, backpacks and pockets without permission under a bill in the Washington legislature. The measure has already passed the Washington state Senate and was the subject of a hearing Thursday in the House. Sen. Mike Carrell introduced the bill. He’s a former high school teacher. He says it would give trained officers greater ability to head off possible tragedies.
Mike Carrell: “We’re putting our schools, our children and our personnel at potential risk. You know what has happened in schools.” :08
But, opponents of the measure say it would have police officers get involved in a situation before school administrators can intervene. Last year, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that school officers could not search students without a warrant, making this measure potentially vulnerable to legal challenge.