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Supreme Court: Strip Search of Teenager Illegal

This just in from The Associated Press:

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a school's strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal.
In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said school officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding in the rural eastern Arizona town of Safford.
Redding, who now attends college, was 13 when officials at Safford Middle School ordered her to remove her clothes and shake out her underwear because they were looking for pills -- the equivalent of two Advils. The district bans prescription and over-the-counter drugs and the school was acting on a tip from another student.
"What was missing from the suspected facts that pointed to Savana was any indication of danger to the students from the power of the drugs or their quantity, and any reason to suppose that Savana was carrying pills in her underwear," Justice David Souter wrote in the majority opinion. "We think that the combination of these deficiencies was fatal to finding the search reasonable."

What do you think of the outcome?

By Stacey Garfinkle |  June 25, 2009; 11:09 AM ET
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I'm very surprised at the ruling and the one dissenting opinion - Thomas.

Posted by: cheekymonkey | June 25, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I am shocked that the court expected the school officials to exercise any degree of judgment or reason when deciding to conduct the search. Zero-tolerance rules are put in place so that the grownups running the schools do not have to use their brains.

Posted by: KS100H | June 25, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

as the parent i would like to be called before something like that happens. (so i could at least be present as i let them do it)

but generally, we land on the side of harsh discipline over teenage civil rights.

Posted by: interestingidea1234 | June 25, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

What do I think of the decision? I agree with it 100%.

Posted by: liledjen4901 | June 25, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I've been following this case for quite a while. I'm relieved that it's finally over, and I agree with the decision.

Posted by: SueMc | June 25, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Thankful to learn that - contrary to popular belief - a child's 4th Amendment rights don't end when they enter the schoolhouse door. It is too bad they can't terminate all the educators that were sued for bad judgment, but hopefully the rest will get the message that it's not okay to strip search my child to locate some aspirin.

Posted by: Boraxo1 | June 26, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the ruling, though the school officals should of had more sense then that, they should of called in a parent to witness along with maybe a school nurse

Posted by: stargirl1055412 | June 27, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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