STRIP-SEARCHING KIDS

A bad prescription

, The National Law Journal

With ever younger children abusing many different substances, schools have become the front line of defense against this troubling trend. Although educators cannot responsibly ignore tips that students may be ingesting or distributing dangerous drugs — information that may require verification by bodily searches — officials are constrained by the Constitution. Sympathy for their plight should not eclipse concern for students who endure extreme intrusions — often because of dubious, if good-faith, judgment calls.

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