December 17, 2012 By Wallin & Klarich

The United States Supreme Court has ruled in prior cases that students do not have the same rights when they are on campus than they do in other locations. This means that school administration can search student lockers without the need for probable cause or a warrant. It also means that student’s free speech rights are more limited when they are on campus. Schools can regulate what type of non-school related groups can meet on campus.

However, the latest decision by some public and private high schools has just gone too far. It has been confirmed that some public and private schools are now embedding microchip tracking devices in student identification cards when they enroll as a student. This permits the school to monitor the students location at all times.

School officials claim that these “tracking chips” help them improve school safety and allow them to monitor attendance and student whereabouts. Those that believe in the rights of young people to be free from having their every move tracked as if they were criminals are outraged by this latest development.

Luckily in 2012 the United States Supreme Court ruled that before a GPS device could be attached to a person’s vehicle by law enforcement to monitor their movements a warrant was required. However, the court did not address whether students would be afforded the same constitutional protections.

We are very interested to know how you feel about this latest move by schools to monitor student’s movements. Do you believe this is an unwarranted violation of the student’s constitutional rights? Do you feel that the students should be required to submit to these “tracking devices” as a reasonable price to pay for obtaining an education? Please tell us what you think. We are certain that this issue will end up in the courts. We will monitor all court rulings on this issue.

In order to make sure that your rights are protected, you must rely on Wallin & Klarich’s extended experience and superb knowledge of criminal defense law. Our attorneys will aggressively fight to protect your rights. Contact us today by calling 888-280-6839 or by visiting our website We have offices in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Orange Counties. We will be there when you call.

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