well idk but it should invasion of privacy and also getting into students personal life when really there just the principal they should worry about school stuff and not students personal stuff and thats pretty much another persons property so going threw someone elses property is trespassing so the principal is breaking alot of his own school policies and i dont think its fair to students either its one thing to take the phone and shut it off and give it back at the end of the day or to simply ask the student to turn it off its another when you break rules that was created for school as a principal i don think ur teaching the students anything by doing that and its pretty much trespassing on someone else property witches there phone cause they own it
Sometimes it is not a question or whether something is legal or not, but whether it is right or wrong. The most you can charge the principal with is invasion of privacy, but nothing more. Even then, the principal can get off easily if s/he purports to have been looking for something s/he believed to be in your phone that would disrupt normal learning activities.
If it gets into the principals hands (somehow) they will look at or listen to whatever they want. Why were you recording or photographing something during school hours? Because that is what they are checking for. Then if they fond something they will suspend or exspell you and your iPod.
It's a Yes or No issue . If there was a threat made on it , Than yes they have that right . But other wise I don't think , They can. It's called Privacy Act. They would have to sopinan you to see . What is on your phone. Sorry about if , I misspelled a word.
No it's not illegal because It's on school property. As like when they do locker checks, they don't need a warrant or anything because it's strictly on their property. They have every right to go through your phone. So be careful.