My question involves civil rights in the State of: New York
O.K. So my school has a new policy whereby when they take your cell phone because you were using it in class or what ever their justification they search it, they refuse to say exactly what they are looking for but one can assume they are reading sent/received text messages and looking at your contacts. Since the school is a instrument of the government are they not held to 4th Amendment rules, the initial seizure would then be justified but any prolonged seizure (holding) or search would be a violation without a warrant, correct or why not? Thanks for any responses.