When it is OK to strip search a 13 year old girl?
In school? When she's suspected of having prescription strength ibuprofen?
The issue -- what are the limits of a school official's power and what are the rights of students -- goes to the U.S. Supreme Court next week. The case involves eighth-grader Savana Redding of Arizona. It may give more guidance to schools who enact "zero tolerance" policies on drugs.
Hell is located at the intersection of education and the law.
Unfortunately, given this country's general hysteria about drugs and the Supreme Court's penchant for issuing decisions that erode civil liberties, we're going to get a 5-4 decision from SCOTUS that says the search was O.K and that the school administration doesn't have to pay damages.
I think we should have a Zero Tolerance Policy against individuals who believe it is acceptable to strip search a minor. Particularly without first contacting the parent/guardian.
It is a sad state of affairs when a 13-year old honor student can be subjected to such an indignity on the third-hand word of another teenager. What adult in his/her right mind would take actions like this based on the word of a young teenager trying to get out of trouble?