This one of those WTF moments that just makes you want to scream.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether a public school violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old student by conducting a strip search of her for ibuprofen.
The school argued in its appeal that the Constitution allowed a strip search of a student suspected of having prescription-strength ibuprofen in violation of its policy that prohibited medications on campus without permission.
School officials in Safford, Arizona, ordered the search in 2003 of Savana Redding, who was in the eighth grade. Following an assistant principal’s orders, a school nurse had Redding remove her clothes, including her bra, and shake her underwear to see if she was hiding ibuprofen, a common painkiller.
School officials did not find ibuprofen, which is found in over-the-counter medications like Advil and Motrin. Higher doses require a prescription.
The strip search had been prompted by an unverified tip from another girl who had Redding’s school planner and some ibuprofen pills. She claimed Redding had given her the pills.
This should be a slam dunk for the SCOTUS…a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment ordered by an individual without law enforcement abilities on a minor, without the parents being present.
In the old days, this would be settled out of Court, with the elder males in the young woman’s family dispensing some well-deserved punishment on the assistant principal, and anyone else who participated in this.
Several ass kickings are in order here.