If you went to a Los Angeles Unified middle- or high school in the last two decades, chances are you remember being “wanded.”
Since 1993, staff in LAUSD schools have been searching students, at random, every day, for weapons and drugs. The administrator conducts the search with a handheld metal detector wand — like those often seen at concerts and stadiums — hence the nickname for the district’s random search policy: “wanding.”
Among them: the district should suspend its random search policy and conduct a “comprehensive, large-scale audit of the policy.”
Though L.A. Unified’s sworn school police are not allowed to conduct the random searches, officers believe the policy deters students from bringing weapons or drugs to school. Over the last 25 years, the number of guns police have found on campus has plummeted.
But in the last few years, civil rights activists and student groups have been voicing louder and louder opposition to the wanding policy. Click here to read more: http://www.laist.com/2018/08/06/activists_fighting_lausds_random_search_policy_gain_an_ally_las_top_lawyer.php