I would have suggested simply not cooperating with the school officials. The punishment for disobeying authority is likely better than getting strip searched.
Good to see that the court did the right thing in the end. Thomas may be correct in that kids can get away with hiding things, but that is an acceptable price to pay.
In so doing, they created another O'Connor-esque balancing test that creates different and opaque standards for whether or not schools are justified in searching "outer clothing" v. "inner clothing." Great.
Thomas's point is eminently reasonable. He argues that the standards that the court is creating are far too vague for the average school official to interpret them. This was an outcome driven analysis, and will do nothing to create clearer standards for the future. I said it when the case when up, and I'll say it again.
****ty facts make ****ty law.
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