Can schools take away a student's civil rights?
Tina Miller, MA,CFLE stashed this in legal
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Savana's mother sued the school district and the adults who searched her daughter for violating her Constitutional right to reject unreasonable searches and seizures, and the case made its way through the courts. On June 25, 2009 -- nearly six years after that fateful math class -- the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the strip search was in fact unreasonable and violated her rights under the Fourth Amendment. But what shocked the masses was the fact that an authority figure had subjected a young girl to such treatment over a legal and generally harmless substance without proof. Had an adult done such a thing to anyone else in nearly any other venue, that adult could have faced criminal charges.
So the short answer is NO, schools cannot take away a student's civil rights.