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Now we’re stripping 13 year old girls to see if they have 800mg Advil?

24 Mar

ibuprofen800mg-quaAs detailed in a NYT article today, a 13-yr old girl (Savana Redding) was strip searched as an 8th grader after another 13-yr old girl accused her of having Rx strength Advil (ooooh…scary drug) hidden on her body.  The case has made it all the way up to the US Supreme Court.  One side incorrectly asserting that schools must take liberties to control drug use while the other uses common sense to see the error of school officials.  It is absolutely absurd to strip search a 13 yr-old in school without a parent or guardian present unless there is overwhelming evidence that the student has a bomb strapped to their chest.  Tthat is there are wires hanging our of their L.E.I. jeans!  As reported in the Times,

In Ms. Redding’s case, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, ruled that school officials had violated the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches. Writing for the majority, Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw said, “It does not require a constitutional scholar to conclude that a nude search of a 13-year-old child is an invasion of constitutional rights.”  “More than that,” Judge Wardlaw added, “it is a violation of any known principle of human dignity.”

I completely agree and if there is any time where privacy should be most respected, 13 is that time.  I can’t imagine how embarrassed and upset Savana must have been after being strip searched at her middle school!  Unfortunately, the school district doesn’t see their obvious boundary crossing behavior.

…the school district said, the search was “not excessively intrusive in light of Redding’s age and sex and the nature of her suspected infraction.”

Adam B. Wolf, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Ms. Redding, said her experience was “the worst nightmare for any parent.”

“When you send your child off to school every day, you expect them to be in math class or in the choir,” Mr. Wolf said. “You never imagine their being forced to strip naked and expose their genitalia and breasts to their school officials.”

This incident reminds me how far we have to go when it comes to teaching young women to love and nurture their bodies, that are their own.  This behavior teaches young women that their bodies are the property of others.  If you think I’m going to far then consider how you’d feel if you were strip searched at 13, 23 or even 33 for drugs that you knew you didn’t have on you.  Would that make you feel in control of your own body?

And if you doubt that we are losing the battle in proving to young women that they deserve respect at all times.  Read the recent article in the NYT detailing young women’s thoughts regarding Rihanna and Chris Brown…so sad :(.

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