Skip to comments.Parents Sue School District For Strip-Searching Their 10 Year-Old Son
Posted on 12/14/2012 11:27:06 AM PST by Coleus
The parents of 10 year-old J.C. Cox have sued a North Carolina public school district for allegedly strip-searching their son in search of a $20 bill lost by another student.
J.C. had twice told school officials he did not have the missing money, which was later found in the school cafeteria, attorneys for the Rutherford Institute said announcing the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Institute attorneys charge that a former Union Elementary School assistant principal violated J.C.'s Fourth Amendment rights when she allegedly ordered the fifth grader to disrobe down to his underwear and subjected him to an aggressive strip-search that included rimming the edge of his underwear.
"Such outrageous conduct by school officials not only dehumanizes students but it also deprives them of the fundamental right of privacy under our Constitution," said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.
"These types of searches clearly illustrate the danger inherent in giving school administrators carte blanche authority to violate the civil liberties and privacy rights of students," Whitehead warned.
In filing suit against the school for violating J.C.'s Fourth Amendment rights, Rutherford Institute attorneys point to a 2009 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Safford Unif. Sch. Dist. # 1 v. Redding which held that school officials do not have the authority to strip search a student absent evidence that the student possesses contraband that poses a danger.
Got to teach the kids that their rights are meaningless when they’re young. That way they don’t resist when they grow up.
Just teaching kids to be good sheep when they grow up.
The local school board would be having a loud heated discussion about this at every meeting forever. If I got any money out of the litigation it would be reinvested in many future legal actions. What they did to this child will prob bother him for a long time. I would bother them for a long time with every legal thing I could figure out.
Just another teaching moment for us all.
Be very careful when you relinquish your power and give it to someone else as people in general suck at responsibly wielding power.
It matters not if it is a teacher, cop, politician, union thug, TSA Nazi, flight attendant, or a crossing guard.... give someone power over you and it is only a matter of time before that power is abused. The Founders understood this all too well and decades of communist union teachers in government indoctrination centers have deliberately hidden this danger.
Just wait until hussein makes all schools place TSA types to grope every student after today’s events.
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