Monday, October 21, 2002

One for the Good Guys

School violence studies have shown that random searches with metal detectors do not work anyway.

A jury has awarded $425,000 to a Los Angeles school teacher, who claimed she was not rehired because she refused to allow students to be searched for weapons.

Ami Motevalli, 32, an art teacher with a one-year contract at Locke High School in South Central Los Angeles, charged the Los Angeles Unified School District with violating her First Amendment rights.

She said was not rehired because she spoke out against random searches of students using hand-held metal detectors.

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