Student strip-searched without legitimate cause
A federal court agrees that North Carolina school officials should be held accountable for the unconstitutional strip-search of a 10-year-old student.
When a student's $20 bill went missing at Union Elementary School, a female administrator, without any probable evidence to act upon, stripped a 10-year-old boy down to his underwear in search of the missing money. John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute defended the student and he says the school violated their own guidelines.
“I’ve looked very carefully at their guidelines,” he explains. “Everything was done wrong here in the way they treated this child, horrifying the parents, horrifying the child. Here was a young 10-year-old kid, stripped down to his underwear, not guilty of anything, but having his underwear rimmed by a female assistant principal. It was pretty harrowing.”
Whitehead says he hopes this court decision will be a shot across the bow to other schools nationwide.
“I think that in order to avoid liability and bad public relations – and the big thing is bad public relations – I hope some of these schools are going to go ahead and make some really clear policies efficiently happen,” he tells OneNewsNow. “The Fourth Amendment requires some kind of evidence of illegality before you touch people like this, and they had none here. It was just a teacher who was very unreasonable.”
He adds that the $20 bill was found in the school cafeteria under a table while the strip search was being conducted.source