Drug search of Grand Forks student OK, court saysBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court says a drug search of a Grand Forks high school student was legal.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court says a drug search of a Grand Forks high school student was legal.
The court denied an appeal by Christian Antonio Alaniz (ah-LAH'-nez) Jr.
Alaniz was an 18-year-old senior at Grand Forks Central when he was arrested in February 2011.
A school police officer told the school's principal he suspected Alaniz had been involved in drug activity during an off-campus lunch break.
The principal told the boy to empty his pockets. Alaniz had a glass pipe and some synthetic marijuana.
Alaniz argued to the Supreme Court there wasn't any probable cause for a police search.
But there is a less stringent legal standard to justify searches by school officials. The Supreme Court ruled the lesser standard applied in Alaniz's case.