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Where Should School Antidrug Policies Draw the Line?


When an assistant principle wrongly suspected 13-year-old Savana Redding of bringing prescription-strength ibuprofen pills to school (one pill is the equivalent to two Advil, mind you), Savana was forced to undergo a nude strip search. She recounted, "they asked me to pull out my bra and move it from side to side. They made me open my legs and pull out my underwear.”

For months after the incident, Savana stayed home from school to do her studies, and she eventually transferred. Now the Supreme Court will decide whether Savana can sue the school officials for forcing her to strip naked and expose herself to them. The officials argue that they had good reason to suspect Savana of having the drugs.

A lower court has ruled that the school conducted an unreasonable search, but one judge dissented because he said the school was acting in good faith to stop a potential threat to student safety.

While I find it extreme to humiliate a girl for ibuprofen, do you think strip searches in schools always go too far?

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