Pubdate: Mon, 08 Oct 2007
Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin (HI)
Copyright: 2007 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Author: Lei Ahu Isa
Note: Isa is a member of the Hawaii Board of Education


Being one of four dissenting Board of Education members who voted 
against the searching of student lockers "with or without reason or 
cause," I was thankful and thrilled that the policy was recommitted 
back to committee (Star-Bulletin, Oct. 5). Jon Van Dyke's compelling 
arguments against this unconstitutional act was a major factor in its 
demise. The BOE wants to create a safe environment for our students, 
but should not send the wrong messages of suspicion and accusations. 
Dealing with the growing use of drugs must start at home with caring 
and involved parents. This must start way before the child sets foot 
onto school grounds. The BOE has the responsibility, under our state 
Constitution, to educate our children. Let's do this by positive and 
not negative messages of mistrust.

Lei Ahu Isa


Hawaii Board of Education
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