The SCOTUS ruled unconstitutional the strip search of a 13 year old Arizona girl who was alleged to have given a contraband drug to another student.
The drug: ADVIL
Savana Redding is fortunate to have parents who cared enough to fight all the way to the SCOTUS over an invasive strip search by school officials, pulling her undergarments away from her in a way that exposed her breasts and pelvic area.
No “drugs” were found.
The Pink Flamingo has never been a fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but right now I think the woman did the right thing. Perhaps there is a role for being able to look at the world from a woman’s point of view.
In a rare interview, Justice Ginsburg said:
“...judging from their comments at the argument, her colleagues, all men, had failed to appreciate what Ms. Redding had endured. “They have never been a 13-year-old girl,” Justice Ginsburg said. “It’s a very sensitive age for a girl. I don’t think that my colleagues, some of them, quite understood.”…”
One of the reasons The Pink Flamingo stopped working as a substitute teacher was because of such invasive zero tolerance practice that have invaded American schools and their morally cowardly administrators. The last time I worked as a sub, the local high school had a lock-down searching for drugs. It was harrowing. In a free country, kids were held, locked in their class-rooms until EVERY locker was searched, and EVERY car in the parking lot was checked. (Mine included, and I was furious).
Then, the local thugs Ruidoso’s finest, went from classroom to classroom with their drug dogs. The local thugs cops, were wearing bullet proof vests, wore side-arms, and acted like a SWAT team as they allowed their dogs to sniff every backpack, every handbag, every desk, and every person in the classroom. It was like living in a police state. Once my day was over, I left and NEVER returned.
(I call Ruidoso’s “finest” the local “thugs” because that’s what they are. They are some of the lowest paid cops in the state. Ruidoso accepts cops who have been fired from other communities for various infractions including brutality. On the other hand Ruidoso Downs, where I live has the 2nd highest paid police force in the state. We have great cops who excel in dealing with domestic violence. )
I am thrilled that the SCOTUS has recognized that kids in school do have some rights. They did not define the issue, but it is a start.
The real problem is the fact that kids in school are alleged to have no “rights” for their own good. Over the years, given the increasingly malicious intrusion of “zero tollerance” what was once a good idea has eroded into what can only be termed invasive, idiotic, and basically cowardly behavior by school administrators every.
It is NOT about keeping children safe.
It is all about avoiding litigation.
For once we’re dealing with an issue that is neither Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative. It is about treating children in our schools decently. If children are treated with basic rights then they will treat others that way.
If you do not think there is a cause-effect for this younger group of voters worshiping Obama, think again.