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Sep. 30th, 2007

05:38 pm - Court approves strip searching 13 year old girls

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Court rules school officials acted properly in strip search

Safford Middle School officials did not violate the civil rights of a 13-year-old Safford girl when they forced her to disrobe and expose her breasts and pubic area four years ago while looking for a drug, according to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

The justices voted 2-1 in favor of the Safford School District on Sept. 21. The decision upheld a federal district court’s summary judgement that Safford Middle School Vice Principal Kerry Wilson, school nurse Peggy Schwallier and administrative assistant Helen Romero did not violate the girl’s Fourth Amendment rights on Oct. 8, 2003, when they subjected her to a strip search in an effort to find Ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug sold over the counter and in prescription strengths.

The Safford School District has since (in 2005) adopted a policy that states, “Disrobing of a student is overly instrusive for purposes of most student searches and is improper without express concurrence from school district counsel.”

The girl’s mother filed a federal law suit against the district and Middle School officials because they forced her daughter to strip down to her underwear then move her bra and panties in such a way that her breasts and pubic area were exposed. The mother also asserts that she was not notified of the impending search.

In the opinion written by Judge Richard Clifton, “Based on the information available to them, defendants (Safford School District, Wilson, Schwallier and Romero) had ‘reasonable grounds’ for suspecting that the search of (the girl’s) person would turn up evidence that (the girl) had violated or was violating either the law or the rules of the school.”

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From:evillinn
Date:October 1st, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
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un.fucking.believable.

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From:docscarabus
Date:October 1st, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
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Ibuprofin????
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From:drewkitty
Date:October 1st, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
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School == prison.
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From:lucystag
Date:October 1st, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
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Christ almighty. Ibuprofin, oooohh, what a terror. I had a bunch of it in a bag today, in my purse, when I went to an airshow. Some army dudes searched my, and everyone else's bags. I said "I have ibuprofin in a plastic bag, and it looks pretty sketchy." They responded with "we don't care about drugs, hahaha."

I was at an event. I was not forced by law to be there.

The difference is so bizarre.

Seriously. Ibuprofin. Not even the deadly marijuana. Not even a fearfully dangerous butterknife. Ibuprofin.

So, did she have it? And if so, for what purpose? Not that's not digusting any way you slice it.

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From:greendalek
Date:October 1st, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
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As the father of a ten year-old girl, I'm sure it's not necessary for me to comment on what could conceivably happen to the person who forces my daughter to strip. 'Cause that would sound an awful lot like making threats.
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