Strip-Search Case Clarifies Scope of School Officials' Power, Liability
Justices Set New Standard for Such Searches, Though Questions Remain.
Public school officials violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a 13-year-old girl who was strip-searched for suspected drug possession, but are entitled to qualified immunity from legal action, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month.
The June 25 decision on strip-searches establishes a new standard for when such searches are permissible, but it does not prohibit them.
“Here, the content of the suspicion failed to match the degree of intrusion,” wrote Justice David H. Souter in an opinion joined...
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