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House Approves [Student] Strip Search Bill – TalkLeft

September 21, 2006

Jeralyn Merritt posts about a law that passed the House and is on the way to the Senate, that petrifies me. I have always been concerned about the lack of rights that kids under 18 have, and this removes even more.

The deceptively titled “Student and Teacher Safety Act of 2006” has passed the House. It will result in a vast increase of wide-scale searches of public school students based on even the slightest suspicion that just one student brought drugs to school. The searches could take the form of pat-downs, bag searches, or strip searches depending on how administrators interpret the law.
The Student Teacher Safety Act of 2006 (HR 5295) mandates that any school receiving federal funding — essentially every public school — must adopt policies that allow teachers and school officials to conduct random, warrantless searches of every student, at any time, on the flimsiest of pretexts. Simply by claiming that one student is suspected of having drugs in the building could provide officials with authority to search every student. [Emphasis mine]

House Approves Strip Search Bill – TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime
There’s more about the real effects of this program at the link above.

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