Skip to comments.TSA To Help With 2 School Searches (NM-Ordered by federal judge)
Posted on 05/21/2011 8:44:38 PM PDT by CedarDave
SANTA FE A federal judge has ordered the Santa Fe Public Schools to hire officers from the Transportation Security Administration which provides airport security to supervise searches of students at the Santa Fe High School prom today and at the coming Capital High School graduation. U.S. District Judge James O. Browning also directed that the searches must be "graduated," with pat-downs only if reasonable grounds are established first.
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Background: Private security guards hired by the school district tried TSA-type searches at the prom for Capital High School. Unfortunately, they went too far (so the students say) so their parents sued to have the searches stopped. The judge instead ordered them to be conducted by TSA.
Yep! Bring in the professional molesters!
” to supervise searches of students at the Santa Fe High School prom today and at the coming Capital High School graduation”
Calling the ACLU ...... crickets....
I would protest and refuse to show up for either one.
A Federal agency searching kids at a prom?
Something is wrong with this picture.
Something is terribly wrong.
Kinda like Federal troops writing traffic tickets.
New Mexico is a swing state, leans blue. Maybe these measures will WAKE THEM UP! Over reach everywhere.
Can a judge really order this to happen? Does he have that much power? Why can’t the school hire professional security guards? Why does it have to be TSA goons?
Chalk up another reason to homeschool.
They did, they just weren't professional enough:
The two students 18-year-old Candice Herrera and her 16-year-old sister claim that a female security officer for Associated Security Industries, which is contracted by the district to provide security on campus and at school events, put her hands on their breasts and bra, and also ordered the women to spread their arms and legs while the guard conducted a search up their bare legs.
The sisters also had their purses searched and various items body lotion, prescription medicine, and nail clippers confiscated by district officials at the prom.
Wow this is great! Now you don’t have to wait until after the prom to get felt up!
Grounds like the gal is good lookin' and built.
Waiting for the first to complain about groping in ........
Sad, but true!
Right up your alley, comrade.
and let me add. It won’t be by a pimply clumsy 11th grader!! It will be by a very experienced older person!!! WOW!
I say this tongue in cheek but ISN’T this STATUTORY RAPE made legal (even at the airports). This sickens me. Read 3rd paragraph of my profile and it will explain my feelings on this.
The TSA was chartered to protect travelers, especially air travelers.
Someone needs to take them to court and say that schools are STATE matters.
This is practically a matter of Posse Comitatus -- bringing a Federal agency into day-to-day state affairs.
THIS HAS GOT TO STOP.
Curious, what does it mean the search must be 'graduated'? Start at the bottom for the body search and rise higher and higher?
A 'graduated mortgage payment' means start low with your mortgage payment and the payment continues to rise each month.
The parents should all get together and hire a PRIVATE HALL for the prom.
Agree! And hold it in a church gymnasium too! That will put the ACLU into a big tizzy!
Absolutely correct. The parents could also arrange their own graduation ceremony. The school could mail the diplomas to the students, and the parents could present those diplomas, in a suitably formal and inspiring manner, to the students.
Either way, I would not seriously consider, even for an instant, attending the school’s graduation or prom myself, or encouraging any child of mine to do so.
Peter Simonson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union chapter based in Albuquerque, said by phone Thursday that as schools' zero-tolerance policies on conduct have grown over the past 15 years or so, so have issues regarding violations of students' rights.
Without directly commenting on the Capital High School case, Simonson said that such situations "seem to ignore the fact that students do in fact have rights and that school officials even while they may have some greater latitude to search and investigate for possible illicit activity still have to pay attention to some significant legal boundaries."
Good question. Why a federal judge??
If the parents pay for a hall - and it happens to be a Church hall - one would probably offer if for nothing more than help with heat/lights and cleanup - then NO ONE, not even a judge, can have any say.
If it was MY kids prom, they damn well would not be subjected to TSA - or any other pat down goons. NO ONE would lay a hand on them.
This is just a taste of what is to come. The time when kids will have to pass through TSA security checkpoints and random gropings while at school isn’t too far off. Welcome to the new world order.
These kids should be looking for a free country to live in.
If the parents cared at all about this absurd situation, they would arrive at the prom armed to the teeth, and kindly instruct any TSA officials to step back while the parents escorted their “children” into the prom.
This nonsense must be stopped, a ruckus MUST be raised, and not eventually, but right now. The only reason this moronic judge ordered this is because the public is simply continuing its apathy to these actions.
Saturday night, a certified TSA official will be at the Santa Fe High School prom to oversee student searches.
This all comes after two Capital High School students, sisters, filed a lawsuit saying they were groped by a security agent at Capital High School’s prom last month. On Friday, the court ordered Santa Fe Public Schools and the security company ASI to provide at least one TSA certified person at the Santa Fe High School prom and the Capital High School graduation.
The restraining order also spells out the specific ways security can perform searches. It says a pat-down is only to be used if there are reasonable grounds and that pat-downs should not be used as a first approach for every student.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to one of the sisters suing the district earlier this week. Candice Herrera said, “She grabbed my breast and shook the inner part of my bra and shook it and then picked up the front of my dress to mid thigh and she was patting down my bare legs.”
Capital’s Principal told us she was standing right there when students were searched and doesn’t remember any students complaining about the pat downs.
Meanwhile, Santa Fe Public Schools says it’s happy to comply with the Federal Court’s decision, saying, student safety is a priority.
The problem with the security guard that the two girls complained about happened at another school.
And anyone not yet convinced that we are becoming a police state, It looks like gestapo Germany in the early 30s and the courts are part of it.
It is not a matter of yanking your kid out to home school.
It is about the taking of control, of our lives, by the powers that be.
How big of a step is it from decreeing that students get searched at the prom (!)to decreeing that your home school gets searched?
Merely for the good of the community, you see.
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That made me laugh :-D
These kids need T-shirts. "If my boy/girl friend can't touch it, neither can you."
Was that a Lesbian sec guard?...hmmm.
My thoughts too. Bring in the federally trained pervs.
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These “agents” were taking away lotions just like at the airport. They are dumb robots who can only operate at one speed. “Dis dude got shave lotion. Must surrender lotion. Check did girl’s sandles. She may use something to cause the plain to crash. And dese folks all got cell phones. Ya’ll can’t use cell phones while da planes is takin’ off.”
Sounds like a school system that needs to be disbanded if it is so dangerous that girls in prom dresses must be groped in order to attend a formal dance.
And I thought the attendees at my daughter’s Senior Night were animal-like in behavior. I don’t think they had security pat downs at their prom, but maybe I should quiz my daughter. The issues with daughter’s school is whether or not to allow non-graduates to walk at graduation. The school decided that they would allow the students who did not pass the now required AIMS tests to walk at graduation and to receive a piece of paper that says that the student(s) fulfilled all of the school’s graduation requirements. They are all crazy.
It’s the thin air and nosebleeds mebbe???
Is teen gang activity feared? If something like this had been tried at a public event at the schools of my era, everyone would be wondering if there had been a bomb threat.
If you read through the whole story...you have a pair of sisters who complained that groping was accomplished by the private security gal at a different prom in the area. The judge took her statement at full value (perhaps with witnesses, but it’s not obvious in the reporting), and he selected the TSA folks. Curiously, he could have easily asked someone like the principal to review the entry processes with the private security folks....or even asked the local county sheriff to have a person there to monitor the situation.
What we ought to question out of this entire report....is why you need any security at a prom? The minute you suggest that....I think you’ve got a pretty big problem to start with, and I’d be thinking of a city policeman or county deputy there to monitor things.
Another question — doesn’t TSA need permission from their Personnel Office in order to accept outside employment? How does the judge know it will be granted?
It is time to make war on the government.
Civil rights claim
The is very much like the Obamacare mandate to purchase insurance. Like Pure Fascism. The Judge forces the school to buy from a certain supplier connected with or part of the government.
Disgusting. Also, against the Declaration of Independence’s demand that there be no standing armies. The TSA is a “standing army”. An army standing in the midst of the nation acting to tyrannize it.