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Washington State Senate Passes School Safety Bill to Allow Student Searches

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A bill allowing school resource officers to search students based on the same reasonable-suspicion standard used by school staff passed Monday through the state senate.

Under Washington State law, if a principal or other school employee has a reasonable suspicion to search a student he or she has the right. However, if a law-enforcement officer who is serving as a school resource officer can't search a student without probable cause.

Senate Bill 5618 would give a police officer, serving as a school resource officer the right to search a student.

The bill will now be considered by the House of Representatives.

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