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Student Rights

Public schools have a tricky job. On one hand, they have to create safe learning environments. On the other, they have to respect the rights that all Americans are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. In this BrainPOP movie on student rights, you’ll learn about the delicate balance schools must strike between maintaining order and protecting their students’ freedoms. You’ll discover what kind of privacy, speech, and expression is permitted in school, and why using vulgar or disruptive language can land you in detention--or worse. You’ll find out the role the U.S. court system plays in determining what public schools can and can’t do. And finally, you’ll learn why Fourth Amendment prohibitions on searches and seizures usually don’t apply in a public school setting. You’ve got to know your rights before you exercise them--so click on this movie and learn!

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