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Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has a policy, BUL 5424.1, of requiring staff at all secondary schools to conduct daily random metal detector searches of students. Under the policy, students are often pulled out of classes while an administrator searches their bodies with a metal detector and rifles through the belongings in their bags, even when there is no indication that they have broken a rule or law. In certain circumstances, teachers are required to stop their classes and pull students out to an adjacent room to personally conduct the searches.

The policy is harmful to school climate, reduces learning time and has the potential to lead to unconstitutional searches. ACLU SoCal, along with United Teachers of Los Angeles, Public Counsel, Community Rights Campaign, Youth Justice Coalition and Street Poets, has been working to scale back or eliminate the random metal detector search policy.

TELL LAUSD TO STOP RANDOM METAL DETECTOR SEARCHES OF STUDENTS

UPDATE
June 1, 2018
ACLU SoCal and partners release a report, Here To Learn, that provides a full analysis of LAUSD's mandatory metal detector search policy. Read the report.

UPDATE
February 23, 2016
ACLU SoCal and Public Counsel send LAUSD a letter of concern regarding its metal detector policy. Read the letter.

UPDATE
October 26, 2015
LAUSD updates its Metal Detector Search Policy, BUL 5424.0. Read the policy.

UPDATE
July 2, 2015
ACLU SoCal and Public Counsel send LAUSD a School Climate complaint regarding its metal detector policy. Read the complaint.

UPDATE
July 21, 2014
LAUSD updates its Metal Detector Search Policy, BUL 5424.0. Read the policy.

TAKE ACTION »

URGE LAUSD to END random searches of students

Read "Here to Learn"

See the 2-page fact sheet


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