sit back, relax, and take a minute to read this dilemma
I just finished talking to a friend a couple minutes ago who told me a wonderul story about his past week and how its been rather hectic. My friend, “Gavin”, is a junior at a private Catholic HS in Ohio. Gavin is not a druggie, does not own or possess a gun and is not suicidal. He’s a good kid. Gets A’s, is on the Rowing team and stays out of trouble. Apparently a week or two ago, he went to a party and got into an altercation with another kid, some words were said but no fighting ensued. The next school day a annonymous caller left a message to the Associate Principal saying that Gavin has a shotgun in his car, with shells and is having suicidal thoughts. The message went on to say that Gavin was addicted to drugs. The AP then decided that since a gun was involved, it wsa his responsibility to call the police. The police came to the school and searched Gavin’s car, without notifying Gavin or his parents, and found nothing. Gavin was then put under surveilence by the police for the rest of the day. Gavin had no idea this was going on. Gavin was then called into the AP’s office for a talk. The AP asked is he was on drugs or had any suicidal thoughts, which Gavin denied. The AP then told him to see the Guidence couselor where he was asked these questions again. Gavin told him the same thing. When Gavin got home that night, his parents where waiting for his arrival. They explained what had happened, the whole annonymous caller deal and the ensuing search for the truth. Gavin’s room was searched by his parents, turning up nothing. The next day the AP has another talk with Gavin, this time he’s telling(forcing) Gavin to see a psychiatrist and that he needs to take a drug test! Gavin go to the doc and tells him that he’s perfectly normal. The AP still does not belive that Gavin is telling the truth. So… my questions are:
Did the AP have a right to search Gavins car w/o notifying him first?
Does the AP have a right to enforce a drug test to Gavin?
Can Gavin sue the school for emotional distress? (he was very wigged out about the whole ordeal)
Do you think that this ordeal could have ended after the search came up with nothing? (No drugs were found, no guns/ammo was found.)
Did the AP overreact, thanks to other gun incidents at schools (i.e. Columbine)?
Can Gavin refuse the drug test? (he’s only 16)
“I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.”-- Calvin and Hobbes
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