Guest Blogger, NinjaStyle
Savana Redding was 13 when the assistant principal of her school in Safford, Arizona, suspected her of being in possession of (OMG!) prescription strength ibuprofen, which are the strength of…wait for it…TWO ADVIL! (DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN). The extremely dedicated vice principal (I’m giving the benefit of the doubt here because the other option is extremely stupid and/or idiotic) had the thirteen year old girl stripped down to the nude and searched by the nurse and a secretary for the offending pills…which were not found. (Full Article)
The supposed issue here is how far can schools go, acting ‘in good faith’ to, quote “obviate a potential threat to the health and safety of their students.” Ms. Redding is arguing that this search violated her fourth amendment right, which protects us from unreasonable search and seizure, not to mention the right to privacy, dignity, the list goes on. The school district argues that it is on the ‘front line’ in the struggle against drugs and that the strip search was “not excessively intrusive in light of Redding’s age and sex [because that makes a difference?] and the nature of her suspected infraction [which was bringing a LEGAL drug to school].”
I am so beyond disbelief here that I can’t even coherently describe it. What sane person would even think that strip searching a thirteen year old girl for ibuprofen was a good idea? What were the assistant principal and the women that actually conducted the search thinking? This is absolutely ridiculous and CLEARLY, I repeat CLEARLY way out of line and far beyond the realms of a reasonable search and seizure. I don’t care if students don’t have all their rights at school, this should absolutely not be allowed and the school should be punished for their willing compliance in violating a constitutional right.
I mean, the drug wasn’t even illegal; it was ibuprofen for crying out loud! Oh no! One pill has the strength of two Advil. Yeah now that I’ve taken one I’m totally going to be tripping out in class. Admittedly they were searching for ‘prescription’ strength pills, which can be a problem, but I’m sorry, it’s a legal drug and the fact that they strip searched a girl over it and are calling this disgraceful act “not excessively intrusive in light of Redding’s age and sex and the nature of her suspected infraction” is utterly and completely sickening and inexcusable.