Yet on August 21, five teenage girls were strip-searched on suspicion of stealing $100 from another student at Atlantic High School in Iowa.
The money wasn't found, one discreetly unidentified school administrator was placed on leave, the issue will be discussed at a board meeting today.
While I'm sure the Board of the Atlantic School District is a highly august body, it doesn't outrank the US Supreme Court. Okay, okay...maybe nobody in the district keeps up with recent SCOTUS developments? That argument won't work either. In 1986, the Iowa Legislature prohibited school strip-searches.
These are public school teachers, counselors, and administrators. We should all feel confident that when the question, "hm, should I demand a student remove their undergarments so I can inspect their private areas?" crosses these people's minds there is never the slightest, remotest possibility "yes, that seems perfectly reasonable" emerges as an option.
Everybody involved needs to be fired and have their teaching licenses revoked.