Jacob Sullum at Hit & Run tries to ruin our day with this summary from a court brief:
Savana Redding, an eighth grade honor roll student at Safford Middle School in Tucson, Arizona, was pulled from class on October 8, 2003 by the school’s vice principal, Kerry Wilson. Earlier that day, Wilson had discovered [drugs] in the possession of Redding’s classmate….Under questioning and faced with punishment, the classmate claimed that Redding, who had no history of disciplinary problems or substance abuse, had given her the [drugs].
In the school nurse’s office, Redding was ordered to strip to her underwear. She was then commanded to pull her bra out and to the side, exposing her breasts, and to pull her underwear out at the crotch, exposing her pelvic area. The strip search failed to uncover any [drugs].
In a previous court proceeding, a three-judge panel ruled that the principal had reasonable grounds to believe that drugs would be discovered, and that the search was not excessively intrusive.
This was a 13-year old girl. In a letter to the East Arizona Courier, she says she’s been in therapy regarding the incident. Her description of the incident and its emotional aftermath sounds just like a rape victim.
If I asked a 13-year old girl to show me her breasts or her crotch, I’d probably be arrested, and rightly so. But these assholes force her to show herself, and nothing happens to them?
By the way, the drug in question? Prescription strength ibuprofen.