Can school leaders search students' cell phones?

Students' rights when they are in school are less clear when technology is involved, according to organizers at a recent American Civil Liberties Union conference in Tennessee on students' rights. Generally, if students' actions online do not disrupt learning, they are protected, one First Amendment attorney said. However, a juvenile-justice expert said the rules are less clear when it comes to searching students' cell phones or other devices for suspected inappropriate material.

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