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    shocked2 Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

    Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

    The justices accepted the case Friday for review. They will decide whether a campus setting gives school administrators greater discretion to control students suspected of illegal activity than police are allowed in cases involving adults in public spaces.
    The case involves Savana Redding, who in 2003 was an eighth-grade honor student at Safford Middle School, about 127 miles from Tucson, Arizona. Earlier that day the vice principal had discovered prescription-strength ibuprofen pills in the possession of one of Redding's classmates. That student, facing punishment, accused Redding of providing her with the 400-milligram pills.

    The school has a zero-tolerance policy for all prescription and over-the-counter medication, including the ibuprofen, without prior written permission.

    Redding was pulled from class by a male vice principal, Kerry Wilson, escorted to an office and confronted with the evidence. She denied the accusations.

    A search of Redding's backpack found nothing. Then, although she had never had prior disciplinary problems, a strip-search was conducted with the help of a school nurse and Wilson's assistant, both females. According to court records, she was ordered to strip to her underwear and her bra was pulled out. Again, no drugs were found.

    In an affidavit, Redding said, "The strip-search was the most humiliating experience I have ever had. I held my head down so that they could not see that I was about to cry."
    Absolutely disgusting. This was a sick and twisted use of unchecked power by the principal. No reason for it to find a ****ing ibuprofin.
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    Re: Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

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    Absolutely disgusting. This was a sick and twisted use of unchecked power by the principal. No reason for it to find a ****ing ibuprofin.
    That's sad....very sad.
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    Re: Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

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    Absolutely disgusting. This was a sick and twisted use of unchecked power by the principal. No reason for it to find a ****ing ibuprofin.

    Yes it was, and I hope those that did are fired.

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    Re: Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

    This school crossed the line. The humiliation and emotional suffering for a strip search far outways any possible benefit for finding an over the counter drug, regardless of whether it is against school rules or not. Minors may not have full rights, but that does not mean they have none at all.

    My suggestion to my peers while I was in high school was to simply ignore the teacher if they tried this kind of nonsense, walk straight off campus and cheerfully accept whatever punishment you get for ditching class.

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    Re: Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

    I read about this. Talk about an abuse of power. I'm not one to grant minors adult privacy laws, but damn. We're talking about Ibuprophen here, not heroine... and there wasn't even any Ibuphrophen found on the poor kid! Stripping a teenager to her underwear had damned well better garner class A narcotics or weapons; otherwise, the child and her parents have every right to sue the holy hell out of the perverted "educators" who thought stripping and humiliating a young teenager was appropriate behavior.

    Absolutely crossed the line. Absolutely.

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    Re: Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Stripping a teenager to her underwear had damned well better garner class A narcotics or weapons; otherwise, the child and her parents have every right to sue the holy hell out of the perverted "educators" who thought stripping and humiliating a young teenager was appropriate behavior.

    Absolutely crossed the line. Absolutely.
    I'm surprised they didn't just deny it.
    I mean, if they all stood together on it, who would believe the kid?
    Except her parents, of course; but who would believe them?

    Individuals have little power or credibility when they challenge institutions over isolated incidents... unless said institutions are so stupid they go ahead and admit what they did.
    You'd think the district would have on-staff legal counsel telling them to keep their mouths shut.

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    Re: Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    I'm surprised they didn't just deny it.
    I mean, if they all stood together on it, who would believe the kid?
    Except her parents, of course; but who would believe them?

    Individuals have little power or credibility when they challenge institutions over isolated incidents... unless said institutions are so stupid they go ahead and admit what they did.
    You'd think the district would have on-staff legal counsel telling them to keep their mouths shut.

    Apparently they didn't think they did anything wrong. Which is actually more frightening, when you think about it.

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    Re: Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

    I hope she wins.

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    Re: Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

    Whether they found or did not find anything is, actually, irrelevant to the case. The question is whether or not the school was reasonable in it's procedure in assessing whether or not the girl had the ibuprofen. I support schools searching kids if they have reasonable suspicion that they have drugs or weapons. I'm not sure if the extent that this school went to was appropriate or if, procedurally, they were reasonable. I want to read more about the case before passing ultimate judgment.
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    Re: Court to hear case of teen strip-searched for ibuprofen

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Whether they found or did not find anything is, actually, irrelevant to the case. The question is whether or not the school was reasonable in it's procedure in assessing whether or not the girl had the ibuprofen. I support schools searching kids if they have reasonable suspicion that they have drugs or weapons. I'm not sure if the extent that this school went to was appropriate or if, procedurally, they were reasonable. I want to read more about the case before passing ultimate judgment.
    According to the article the girl was an honor student, and had a clean record. But they took the word of someone who was in trouble and stripped search this poor girl even after her backpack had been searched with no evidence in sight. They went beyond what even police can do in the same situation to adults. What more do you want?

    This was a dispicable act. A 13 year old girl should NEVER EVER be strip searched. At least not without the consent of the parents and or police there also. And from what I can tell they didn't even contact the parents, much less the police.
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