Monday, April 20, 2009

campus strip

I can’t really remember if I posted about this or not, so I doubt you will either. Apparently the Supreme Court is going to hear a 6 year-old case about a 13 year-old girl who was strip searched by school officials after suspected dealing of prescription-strength ibuprofen pills. The Supreme Court. Really?

Everything seems clear as day and simple. In my opinion, there was nothing scandalous or offensive about what occurred. Like any good/regrettable night out on the town, this story goes sour in the aftermath. The girl was accused, escorted to the office, she denies the charges, her backpack was searched, a male vice principal and 2 female school workers (VP’s assistant and school nurse) conducted a strip search. Why is this going to court?

In terms of strip search, her clothes were merely removed to bra and panties. It’s not like the principal whipped out the latex gloves and Vaseline. This school adopted a zero-tolerance policy for all drugs of any kind (even over the counter pain killers). When children are bringing guns and hard drugs to school, I believe it is in the best interest of the school to take drastic measures for the greater good.

But what gets me is the fact that these weren’t even drastic measures. The school had 2 females present, had reason to suspect the girl, and were attempting to handle a very serious issue. This girl feels like a victim or violated? Please. I feel like this is a complete waste of our judicial system and in risk of endangering schools everywhere by restricting their ability to control their campuses.

Plus, this girl, now 19, could probably make a pretty good living stripping now.

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