During my public school days, my friends and I heard--on more than one occasion--administrators utter the phrase "in loco parentis" (in the place of a parent) while applying a disciplinary action. And though this doctrine seemed borderline absurd to my adolescent mind, maturity eventually revealed the necessity of giving school leaders this kind of responsibility over me.

While we typically frame our thoughts about this doctrine in terms of locker searches and First Amendment rights, these are only small pieces of the bigger picture. The first responsibility of any parent is ensuring the physical...

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