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Supreme Court: Strip Searching a 13 Year Old for Ibuprofen is Illegal

Posted by iusbvision on June 25, 2009

The fact that a no-brainer case like this had to even go to the Supreme Court speaks a great deal about how many bad judges and school administrators are out there.

This, unfortunately is exactly the kind of behavior I have come to expect from school bureaucrats/administrators. Time and time again we see that these administrators have no common sense; the insistence that the most outrageous and illegal behavior is justified and willing to waste the tax payers money by letting this go all the way to court, not to mention the Supreme Court. FIRE has hundreds of examples where school administrators, who are often paid five and six figure incomes to exercise good judgment simply are incapable of recognizing basic common sense until a court of law (force) rams it down their throat.

Washington Post:

Supreme Court Rules School’s Strip Search of Girl Was Illegal

By Robert Barnes
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:51 PM

The Supreme Court ruled today that Arizona school officials violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old girl when they subjected her to a strip search on the suspicion she might be hiding ibuprofen in her underwear.

The court ruled 8-1 that such an intrusive search without the threat of a clear danger to other students violated the Constitution’s protections against unreasonable search or seizure. (Anyone who has a basic understanding and repect for the Constitution and people’s human rights could have told us that – editor)

Justice David H. Souter, writing perhaps his final opinion for the court, said that in the search of Savana Redding, now a 19-year-old college student, school officials overreacted to vague accusations that Redding was violating school policy by possessing the ibuprofen, equivalent to two Advils.

What was missing, Souter wrote, “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,” Souter wrote.

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