A friend just called and said their son, 15 years old was strip searched at school. The parents were NEVER notified. The only way they found out was late last evening their son went to his mother and told her. Apparently the boy was implicated by another student as having pot on him. So the school police office pulled him out of class, took him in a room and made him strip. Once they found nothing on him they sent him back to class. How is this legal? Shouldn't the parents have been called? Any kid with a beef with another student could say the same thing and the school will strip search your child! This was at Spring Hill High school.
I swear I'm not trying to "perv out" on this, but do you have any
details on the nature of the search?
For Example: Was he made to be COMPLETELY nude?
Were there women in the room?
Did they do a cavity search?
In many searches they'll have a 2nd person in the
room to serve as a witness, but were there others
present beyond that?
Was he touched between his waist and knees?
I don't want to encourage anyone to be greedy, but if one or more
of these aggravating factors took place, it's HIGHLY likely that
your friend could successfully sue the school, especially IF their
son has no prior history of drug infractions or MAJOR discipline
problems. IF schools got sued every time they allowed their
students to be subjected to invasive (and groundless) searches,
eventually schools would wise up and stop allowing it to happen.
It would be FANTASTIC if schools protected their students from this
treatment out of the goodness of their hearts, but if they ended up
having to pay for this young man's college education, perhaps THAT
would be a more effective motivator? Best of luck to all of you,
and PLEASE post a follow-up with more information!