Never waste a teachable moment. Especially if you are running a public school system.
Officials of Utah's Alpine School District, like many other schools around the country, are weighing the balance between security and privacy as they ponder changes to their policy governing searches of students' lockers and persons. Part of the discussion has been around the question of what level of suspicion, if any, must be reached before administrators or security personnel can search a student's locker which is, technically, the school's property, not the student's.
Public officials are in a delicate position in such matters, and not only in schools. Rummage through any person's property or effects and come up with nothing, and you are an Orwellian oppressor. Fail to follow through on the flimsiest of tips and later watch people fall before gunfire, and you are a lazy functionary.