Thursday, June 25, 2009

Supreme Court Rules On Arizona Strip Search Case

The justices ruled 8 to 1 that Safford Middle School officials violated the 4th Amendment ban on unreasonable searches with their treatment of Savana Redding who was 13 at the time. Additionally, the court ruled that the Arizona school officials cannot be held financially liable for their search.

"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. We think that the combination of these deficiencies was fatal to finding the search reasonable." ~~ Justice David Souter wrote in the majority opinion

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Scats, I apologize for being off topic, but what has happened in the case of the mom at Buckman School who was charged with stealing educations for her children?

Anonymous said...

The court was right and could have gone even further.
There has to be reasonable cause for a search that invasive and reasonable threat or harm. They were talking about 2 advil or similar thing. Even if prescription strength not an impending danger.

Educators aren't dictatorial leaders with unlimited authority to do whatever they choose. If we teach our kids that their school have unlimited authority to rule them we are not helping to make good people or good citizens.

Anonymous said...

9:10am
Sadly, the title sentence to your last paragraph is sadly incorrect. The legal money available to educational administration is virtually unlimited. Anyone on the "outside" can and will be crushed without mercy, including having their personal reputations tainted beyond repair.

By the way, life is good, downstate.

-M

SCATS said...

To 7:48AM ~~ I think you've probably confused the two different cases of alleged "theft of services" that arose this past school year. The boy who attends Buckman Hts. was legally attending and permitted to stay in school. The woman who was arrested and had several children attending Greece schools is still awaiting the legal system to decide her fate, as far as I know.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean school employees who desire to look at nakid girls will have to remain locker room attendants, and can't become Misadministrators?