MSNBC has a story here.
School officials are "looking for drugs" ( Ibuprophen ). Was there really a danger to the school or students? No, even if she had Motrin. "So what?"
What reason to search? Another girl said she had it and had given her some. Did they confirm this information? No. Did they search her locker? No. Apparently, it didn't occur to Starsky and Hutch that Huggy-Bear might be providing false information.
They searched the backpack and found nothing. So they strip-searched her: they told her to remove her clothes and shake out her underwear. This takes an amazing amount of institutional chutzpah and self-righteousness.
- You have to assume that any rumor is legit.
- Anything in pill form is dangerous, even Motrin.
- All 13-yo girls tell the truth except the one who's guilty.
- How do you know she's guilty? she denies it.
- Want further proof? Search her backpack. If you don't find it there, it means she's more clever than that.
- It's in her pockets because she's guilty. Nothing.
- She's guilty, look in the seams. Nope.
- Aha! She must have hidden it in her underwear.
- and Parents don't care if this happens.
- and Administrators are always right.
- Zero tolerance. Zero brains.
Once you're identified, you're guilty until proven innocent - and even then we're still not satisfied - you must have swallowed them!
The Supremes are wondering about danger to school in extreme cases and not wanting to set a precedent. I can buy that because that's their purpose. There's talk of meth and crack and "possibly having other children die while in their care." This is all well and good but the case in front of them remains a strip-search for nothing on false grounds by an over- zealous administration with no sense of reality or proportion. "The school's lawyer argued that the courts should not limit school officials' ability to search out what they think are dangerous items on school grounds."
Really. Even for Advil?