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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Know Your Rights:School Privacy American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island When can school officials search me in school? What about my locker? What should I do if a teacher wants to question me? *you don't have to say anything if you're questioned by a school official*you can always ask to see a parent (or guardian) or a lawyer before you answer questions*remember, anything you say could be used against you in criminal proceedings *to search you or your stuff, school officials need "reasonable suspicion" that you've broken a school rule or law*you have the right to say no if a school official asks to search you or your belongings*but...never physically resist a search, even if you think it is wrong *lockers can be considered school property, so it's not clear if school officials need reasonable suspicion to search your locker*but... locker searches can't be done in a discriminatory way*since the law isn't totally clear, it's best not to keep anything in your locker that you wouldn't want other people to see Can my school make me take a drug or alcohol test? *schools are technically allowed to make students who participate in extracurricular activities take drug tests*but...many public schools in Rhode Island don't agree to that practice*some schools use breathalyzers at dances and other activities*you can't be forced to take a drug test outside of a voluntary extracurricular activity
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