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ATLANTIC, Iowa -- Family members said this week that Atlantic high school officials forced five teenage girls to remove their clothes during an investigation into a theft.
The girls' families and their lawyers said the incident at Atlantic High School amounts to a strip-search, which is illegal in Iowa schools.
But school officials said the search was "allowable" under board rules.
Dan Crozier is interim superintendent of the Atlantic school district. He confirmed that the search took place on Aug. 21 during a gym class.
The girls were searched in a locker room after a classmate reported $100 was missing from her purse.
Lawyers say the girls were forced to strip down to their undergarments, and one girl was required to take off all of her clothes.
The money wasn't found.
Expelled student sues over "unreasonable" cell phone search
Even middle schoolers are protected from unreasonable search and seizure when it comes to the contents of their cell phones, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. The organization has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Mississippi middle-school honor student, alleging that a 2008 cell phone search and the sixth-grader's subsequent expulsion were not only unnecessary, but also unconstitutional.
Southaven Middle School in Southaven, Mississippi has a policy against cell phone use during school hours, as many schools do nowadays. In August of 2008, 12-year-old Richard Wade was discovered to be in violation of that policy after he received a text message from his father (who was traveling out of state) during "football class." That's when his cell phone was confiscated by his football coaches and then searched by the principal, as well as the Southaven Police Department. At that time, authorities found what they considered to be extremely scandalous, "gang-related activity"—that is, photos of Wade and a friend dancing in the bathroom at Wade's home. The friend held a BB gun across his chest while he danced.
Wade was suspended and then eventually expelled for having "gang signs" stored on his phone. That's when the ACLU got involved—the organization says that the football coaches, principal, and police violated Wade's constitutional rights and even acted outside of the school's policy of merely confiscating phones during school hours. In its complaint, the ACLU quotes directly from the school district's policy book that says students using cell phones in class will "have them taken by the teacher and turned into the office" for pickup by parents after school. The book also has a policy saying that the first violation could result in a one- to three-day suspension as the maximum punishment (Wade's SMS incident was his first offense).
Originally posted by blahblah123
I live in this town and ppl are pissed about it.
Originally posted by Maj._Skillz
Do you have any pics?
Originally posted by GioTheGreek
This has gone way too far.
What's next... waterboarding 8 year olds because a muffin went missing in the cafeteria?