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NC Supreme Court punts on Brunswick Co. student bra search case

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's Supreme Court wants to know who witnessed a contested drug search involving a 15-year-old at an alternative school who had to untuck her shirt and pull out her bra with her thumb.

The state's high court on Friday struck down a lower appeals court decision siding with the student that the bra-lift search at Brunswick County Academy in 2008 was "degrading, demeaning and highly intrusive."

The Supreme Court says it wants a lower court to determine more facts about what happened and who was present when the unnamed girl was searched.

State officials asked the Supreme Court to decide whether the search violated the Constitution's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. The result is expected to affect North Carolina's 1.5 million public school students.

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