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Supreme Court Says Child’s Rights Violated by Strip Search

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Posted By: Alfred K at 10:45 pm

25 Jun 2009

Pictured: one pro-stripping middle schooler

Pictured: one pro-stripping middle schooler

WASHINGTON — A strip search of a 13-year-old girl by officials at her middle school violated the Constitution, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an 8-to-1 decision.

The student, Savana Redding, had been suspected of bringing prescription-strength ibuprofen to the school, in Safford, Ariz.

Justice David H. Souter, writing for the majority, said a search of Ms. Redding’s backpack and outer garments did not offend the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches. But the pills in question, each no stronger than two Advils, did not justify an “embarrassing, frightening and humiliating search,” Justice Souter wrote.

School officials ordered Ms. Redding, whom another girl had accused of giving her drugs, to strip to her bra and underpants and to pull them away from her body, exposing her breasts and pelvic area. No drugs were found.

Saddened by the decision, one student at the school remarked, “Now I just wish they would make homework unconstitutional”.  Right on, bro.

More on Miley Cyrus’ stance on the issue here

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