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I have mixed feelings abou this...


By HopeForOurFuture - Posted on 16 January 2009

(wonk hat: ON) I think the biggest clue of vacuousness in policy is the phrase "zero tolerance". You have to love the district's response to the appeals court opinion:
In its appeal to the high court, the school district said requiring a legal standard of "probable cause" to conduct student searches would cast a "roadblock to the kind of swift and effective response that is too often needed to protect the very safety of students, particularly from the threats posed by drugs and weapons.

The searched kid was accused of handling ibuprofen that, as it turns out, she didn't have. What was the other student going to do? Dull the pain of enduring a school district straight out of Kafka?

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And there's no sense crying over every mistake
You just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake.

Does common sense exist anymore? 

If my child was stripped search for ibuprofen I would have had to have someone hold me back from committing bodily harm to those school officials.

When is a strip search for a kid that has not had any disciplinary problems valid?  Could they have not called the parents?  

This does nothing to assuage my fears of those in administration and their lack of general intelligence.

If I had a kid and this happened to them, I would have wanted to throttle them, myself. It seems way too extreme, you are right, they should have called the parents first.  

I don't have any mixed feelings about it at all.  Zero Tolerance rules are asinine as long as they include ibuprofen, aspirin, Tylenol, Midol, and the like.  The rules are friggin' ridiculous and written by people with no brains.

I am all about zero tolerance for illegal drugs on school campuses, but everything needs to be done with common sense.

The whole strip search thing is an entirely other issue to be angry about.  If the school thought the girl had done something wrong, they should have called the girl's parents and/or the police and not have strip searched her at all.  No adult has any right to force my child or anyone else's child to remove their clothes.  I would have been hysterical and also close to opening a can of whoop-ass on them myself.

If the school thought the girl had done something wrong, they should have called the girl's parents and/or the police and not have strip searched her at all.

I thought something about the school's behavior (and the district's CYA moves thereafter) was too power-trippy for my tastes, and THAT was it. You're right, any sane school would call in the police/DEA if there are drugs on campus, and the reason they did this is because of both their collective megalomania and the fact that the authorities would laugh them off the campus if they tried to get them to search for ibuprofen.

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And there's no sense crying over every mistake
You just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake.

No mixed feelings for me.  If this was my child (Now, I don't have any, but I still empathize with parents), I would attempt to file criminal charges against the individuals who strip searched my child.  If that wasn't an option, I would be initiating a lawsuit against the school district, the principal and vice-principal, and anyone else who was involved in this violation and breach of trust.  

Searching a backpack and locker are one thing and I have no problem with that.  However, forcing a child to remove their clothes and expose themselves is simply heinous and I can't find any reason to go that far.

I just can't believe that the women who performed the strip search didn't object on the grounds that they would be violating this young woman's civil rights.          

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