Students not suspects: Oppose random searches
March 25, 2018


Whereas, students attend school for education and socialization; and

Whereas, students, especially in communities of color, are often treated with the presumption of guilt and their property is searched without probable cause, taking away valuable educational minutes and training students to become complacent in their rights; and

Whereas, random searches perpetuate and sustain the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline; and

Whereas, students deserve wraparound services, not an increased police presence in their schools;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the California Federation of Teachers oppose random searches of students; and

Be it further resolved, that the CFT publish an article on random searches and the harm they cause to school communities and the rights of students; and

Be it finally resolved, that the CFT provide model school board resolutions to challenge and prevent these degrading actions.