Case Study: Cyrus V. School

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May it Please the Court, Suzie, a seventeen year old student, sent inappropriate and revealing photographs of herself to her boyfriend named Cyrus. After sometime, the relationship turned sour and Cyrus sent some of the photos to upper class boys in the school. Suzie’s parents reached out to the principal who confronted Cyrus, but he denied the allegations. The principal ended up searching in Cyrus’s locker for his phone which kept the photos sent to the boys. After this action, the principal suspended Cyrus for two weeks. Cyrus, the plaintiff sued the school district for the violation of his First and Fourth Amendment rights . The search of Cyrus’s cellphone by the school principal was not a violation of his Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure. …show more content…
The Fourth Amendment states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause” (Appleby et. al. 252). In New Jersey v. T.L.O. case, the Court stated that school officials are held to less strict version of probable cause as the police are held to when conducting searches so that they can keep students safe. In this case, Cyrus was not located in his house, neither did an officer Warrant search him. In the case of New Jersey v. T.L.O., Justice Byron White stated, “‘...against the child’s interest in privacy must be set the substantial interest of teachers and administrators in maintaining discipline in the classroom and on school grounds’” (New Jersey v. T.L.O.). Principal Sheevers needed to maintain discipline, which is why she had to search in Cyrus’s