Safford Unified School District #1 V. Redding

Topics: Supreme Court of the United States, Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, John G. Roberts Pages: 3 (899 words) Published: March 19, 2011
Safford Unified School District #1 v. Redding


In Safford Arizona school on October 8th, officials strip-searched a 13-year-old girl after they received information from another student that the girl possessed "prescription strength" 400 mg ibuprofen and 200mg naproxen. While attending math, assistant principle Kerry Wilson entered the classroom and instructed Savanna Redding's to his office. Upon entering, she immediately noticed her planner placed on his desk. However, what she didn't recognize was the knife, cigarette and lighter that was contained inside it. Admitting the planner was hers, she explained to the assistant principle that she had lent the planner prior to her classmate, Marissa and had NO knowledge of what was inside it. Also brought to her attention was a large white bottle of ibuprofen that was also found in the planner. Unsatisfied, the assistant principle asked to also search the rest of her belongings in order to disprove her claim. When no evidence was found, he proceeded to send her to the school's nurses office for what can be considered a strip-search. She was told to remove a clothing and in the processes her private areas (breast) were exposed. Complete embarrassed, she remained calm and did as she was told. No pills, or any other illegal item was found on her. Naturally, when Savanna 's mom discovered this she "dropped the bomb" and filed a lawsuit saying it violated her daughter's fourth amendment right (which was the right thing to do)and that she was never contacted during the search at anytime. Proceeding to the trial, the District court found no violation and a panel agreed, but on the appeal in a "en banc decision 6-5" the court reversed the other decision saying that it DID in fact violate her fourth amendment right. School district appealed to the Supreme Court and approved there appeal and granted certiorari. It was reasoned that the strip search was not justified nor was the scope of intrusion...
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