Supreme Court on Strip Searches in Schools
In a victory for common sense, the Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that the strip search of a 13 year old girl was unconstitutional. Among the factors that the court considered were that the girl’s parents were never called, the fact that she was effectively held hostage in the Assistant Principal’s office for 2 hours, the lack of corrroborating evidence, and the nature of the contraband they were seeking. in Justice Souter’s words:
“In sum, what was missing from the suspected facts that pointed to Savana was any indication of danger to the students from the power of the drugs or their quantity, and any reason to suppose that Savana was carrying pills in her underwear,” the court said. “We think that the combination of these deficiencies was fatal to finding the search reasonable.”
This is a victory not only for common sense, but also for the 4th Amendment and the dignity of students across our nation.