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Missouri 2019-2020 Lesson Summaries

2020 Lesson 3: Legal Update - School Searches


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This is an online, Missouri-specific legal studies course. The lesson addresses court decisions providing guidance to Missouri law enforcement officers conducting searches and seizures in a school setting. Specifically, the lesson addresses: 

  • When law enforcement officials may assist school officials with the investigation and search of a student; 

  • When suspicionless searches in school are lawful; 

  • When a suspicion-based search in school is lawful; and 

  • When law enforcement officials will be entitled to qualified immunity against a student’s claim the officer used excessive force to seize him/her in school. 

Finally, the lesson provides tips on conducting lawful searches in schools.

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