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Can they search my school locker without my consent?

Last reviewed in August 2023 by the Clicklaw Editors.

While you are in school, teachers and school administrators are responsible for your safety and well-being. During this time, the law says that they "stand in the place of the parent or guardian." As well, the school owns the lockers used by students. This means that they can search lockers. However, students do have some expectation of privacy in this area. So, for example, there should be reasonable grounds (a serious/good reason) for a search.

A good starting point to learn about locker searches and other rights at school include:

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