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Horton v. Goose Creek Independent School District

Significance, Search And Seizure In The Schools, Further Readings


Robert Horton, Heather Horton, Sandra Sanchez, on their own behalf and on behalf of all other students in the Goose Creek School District


Goose Creek Independent School District

Appellants' Claim

That drug-sniffing dogs violated the students' Fourth Amendment rights.

Chief Lawyers for Appellants

Arthur Val Perkins, Stefan Presser

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Richard A. Peebles


John M. Wisdom, Carolyn Dineen Randall, Albert Tate, Jr.


U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana

Date of Decision

14 December 1982


The dogs could sniff students' cars and lockers, but could not sniff the students themselves for drugs.

Related Cases

  • Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
  • New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985).
  • Arizona v. Hicks, 480 U.S. 321 (1987).
  • Veronia School District 47J v. Acton, 515 U.S. 646 (1995).
  • Smith v. McGlothlin, 119 F.3d 788 (1997).


"School Searches of Students and Seizures of Their Property." http://eric-web.tc.columbia.edu.

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