Published Online: January 7, 2014
Published in Print: January 8, 2014, as Fla. Court Backs Gun Search Based on Anonymous Tip

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Fla. Court Backs Gun Search Based on Anonymous Tip

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A recent state court ruling backs the ability of school administrators and security personnel to rely on anonymous tips to thwart potential school violence.

Citing the nationwide record of deadly mass school shootings over the last 15 years, the majority on a Florida appellate court said that "protecting students from gun violence is entitled to substantial weight" when judging the reasonableness of school searches.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal last month upheld the search of a student's backpack for a gun based on a tip to the "gun bounty" program of the Miami-Dade County police department.

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