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School officials do have a legal right to search student lockers. Reasonable suspicion that a student has in their possession illegal contraband, prescription drugs or a weapon is reason enough to conduct a search of that student, personal property, locker and auto. This is part of California Education Code and each school district has adopted school board policy that reflects education code. School Boards in turn have authority from the California State Government to enforce education code.
In addition, reasonable suspicion is when a school official recieves information about an incident on campus or off campus that breaches student safety. School officials have a legal obligation to provide a safe environment and have "in loco parentis"(ed.code 44807)authority to take action to keep students safe, even if a studnet resists. Student privacy under reasonable suspicion does not exist. Student safety is first.