School Wants To Allow Bus Drivers To Search Students

Vigo Schools Consider Changing Bus Policy

POSTED: 8:16 am EDT May 19, 2011

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A western Indiana school district wants to give its bus drivers the authority to search students for weapons or drugs.

The Tribune-Star reported that a Vigo County School Corp. proposal would allow the drivers to search a student and the student’s belongings if there is an immediate threat of harm or danger to those on the bus.

Ray Azar, director of student services, said the Terre Haute-based district wants its drivers to have the authority to conduct searches in case they are on the road and must immediately respond to an emergency situation. That would include scenarios where a student might be in possession of a dangerous drug or a weapon.

Drivers would have to first get permission from the transportation office and/or student services.

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