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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The case of a teenager who had to untuck her shirt and pull out her bra with her thumb as part of a search for pills at an alternative school in North Carolina is headed to the state Supreme Court.

The court’s decision could determine how constitutional provisions against unreasonable search and seizure apply to all public school students. Justices will hear the case Monday. The case comes from the state Court of Appeals, which ruled 2-1 last year that the search at Brunswick County Academy in November 2008 was “demeaning and highly intrusive.”

Attorney Geeta Kapur represents the student, who was 15 at the time. She believes the court’s ruling will apply to all public school students, about 1.5 million of them, and not just those in alternative schools.

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8 Comments on "NC high court to hear case of school bra search"

2015 years 9 months ago

I have to agree with you. Even tho there is reason for the search I agree their parent needs to be there to monitor the situation. Its for everyone’s safety.

2015 years 9 months ago

I think that in the case of a minor at school, the officers should be limited to a search for weapons until a guardian or parent arrives. Any more invasive searches should only be conducted in the presence of a parent or guardian.

2015 years 9 months ago

This was an ‘alternative’ school – where bad kids are sent as an alternative to kicking them out of school altogether. I believe that once a kid has made the choice to put themselves in such a situation, then consent to being searched at any time should be a condition of their attendance. At that point, they have chosen to waive their rights in that regard.

2015 years 9 months ago

For a regular school yes. This was an alternative school – punitive in nature. The kids that are sent there have chosen to behave in such a manner that they were expelled from the mainstream school. They should be stripped of their constitutional rights as a condition of attendance. Prisoners don’t have rights limiting searches; these kids have made their choice to be where they are, and should have similar limitations.

American Patriot
2015 years 9 months ago

The U.S. Supreme Court has just recently (2-3 years ago) ruled that searches of students lockers, papers, effects, and persons MUST HAVE A SEARCH WARRANT.I have taught my now teen children since they was 4 and 5 years old, to NEVER ALLOW a teacher to touch them in ANY manner, or police officer to threaten, intimidate, or to search ANYTHING of theirs until the school CALLS ME FIRST. And on ALL my kids school paperwork, contact, emergency info etc…that they have the parents fill out every year, I have put this in WRITING as well. That 15 year old girl should have said NO! CALL MY MOM/DAD. And then sued the school, and the person who touched her for assault. Exactly what part of the 4th Amd. did the school and it’s so called uneducated teachers not UNDERSTAND?

2015 years 9 months ago

School adminstrators, SRO’s, etc., do not require a search warrant to conduct searches on a student in school for the search of weapons or drugs. As a matter of fact, they don’t even require probable cause. They merely require reasonable suspicion. Have a problem with it? Homeschool your kid. Look it up. Oh wait, nevermind, I did it for you: http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OSDFS/actguid/searches.html

2015 years 9 months ago

If you would have taught them how to act in public and not to carry things to school that aren’t allowed, then you could have saved yourself the time teaching all the other nonsense. It wouldn’t have been necessary. Only the thugs have these problems…..

2015 years 9 months ago

my opinion is that the school had every right to do this. there was a tip off that drugs were being held in their bras, and surprise, they did catch someone who had drugs in their bra!!! so it is not like this was something that came to a dead end. yes some may call it intrusive, but it is not like they had them taking off their bras completely or were requiring a pat down. the schools need to do what is right to keep their schools safe, and when it comes down to it, this is what must be done. the article also says a male officer was present, but it does not say that he was the only one present. everyone is saying there should have been a women present as well, but there may have been and the news is just with holding this information to stir up controversy. its like the line from line from john mayer’s song waiting on the world to change, “when they own the information they can bend it all they want.” i really feel this may be pushing a boundry slightly, but it was required at this time. if this became a daily thing then it would be too much. but for a short time it is understandable.


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