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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Full Court Press: Court Hears Case on School Strip Search

The next two weeks will be busy, as the Supreme Court hears the last arguments of this term.

Read about the impact these two cases could have on school children’s rights and efforts to address discrimination in the workplace.

Next week, look for our analysis of an important voting rights case that will be argued before the Court on April 29.

Should Schools Strip Search Children?

School officials seek Court’s approval to transform a hunt for ibuprofen into a central front in the education system's war on drugs.

The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on whether school children have a Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable searches.

Savana Redding, a 13-year-old, was subjected to a strip search at her middle school to determine if she was the source of ibuprofen pills among some fellow students. With Savana traumatized and humiliated by the search -- which found no drugs -- her mother sued the school district, the Vice Principal who gave the order, and the staff who conducted the search.

Read about this case, Safford United School District v. Redding.

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