p2pnet view P2P | Freedom:- “The wheels of justice have flat tyres. But sometimes, they do turn, as they did for Savana Redding, who, when she was a 13-year-old honours student at the Safford Middle School in Arizona, was strip-searched.
“But it took six years for SCOTUS, the Supreme Court of the US, to rule the school was, in effect, guilty of serious misbehaviour.”
The above quotes from a 2009 p2pnet story centering on Savana Redding, strip-searched for presumed possession of Advil.
Now a Columbus City School District and Ridgeview Middle School principal Sharee Wells “strip-searched a 7th grade girl on suspicion of possession of “unauthorized medication” — ibuprofen — then suspended her for three days to make an example of her, “even though the girl never had any ibuprofen, her mother says”, according to a Court House News post.
The girl, and her mother, Kellie Hammac, sued the district, school and Wells, it says, going on Hammac said “a classmate tried to give her daughter, ‘C,’ an ibuprofen tablet on Feb. 24, 2010 – but her daughter refused to take it.”
Wells “admitted she forced [C] to take off her clothes in front of Wells, and she admitted that she never found any drugs on [C],” the complaint states, going on >>>
“The medication [C] was suspected of having was over-the-counter ibuprofen. [C] emphatically denied the accusation.
“Wells then forced [C] to undergo a physical pat down, which revealed absolutely no unauthorized medication or any medication whatsoever.
“The pat down consisted of Wells physically touching [C's] legs and shorts.
“Wells then ordered [C] to strip out of her gym clothes and provide Wells with both her gym clothes and school clothes.
“[C] complied, and in complying was required to strip down to only her bra, underwear and socks.”
C was forced to stand undressed for more than 8 minutes. She ‘was not permitted to seek assistance or guidance from any other adult who could advocate for [her]. At no time did Wells or anyone from Ridgeview ensure the gym locker room was secured to prevent others from coming into the locker room and observing [her] while in a state of undress.
” ‘In fact, a fellow student by the name of Hailey walked into the gym locker room and observed [C] while she was in a state of undress’.”
“Due to the humiliation, the mother says, her daughter ‘was required to leave Ridgeview and enroll in a different middle school” and “will continue to require psychological counseling’,” says Court House News, adding the girl and her mother “seek punitive damages for emotional distress, illegal search and seizure and negligence”.
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