Friday, January 16, 2009

Supreme Court To Hear School Strip Search Case

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a school strip search case. A 13 year old female student at the Safford Middle School in Safford Arizona was strip searched by a school nurse based on an uncorroborated accusation by a classmate that she was hiding prescription strength ibuprofen pills. At the end of the day, no pills were found. The mother of the girl filed a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit on behalf of her daughter. The Federal District Court dismissed the lawsuit holding that the search of the 13 year old girl was constitutional. A three judge panel of the Court of Appeals upheld that decision, but then the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case and found that the girls rights were violated. The court held that the strip search of the girl was "a grossly intrusive search of a middle school girl to locate pills with the potency of two over-the-counter Advil capsules."

The United States Supreme Court will decide whether the search was constitutional, and if it was not, whether the vice principal that ordered the search can be held financially liable for monetary damages.

The case is Safford United School District No. 1. v. Redding, 08-479.

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