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From the Washington Post today, Supreme Court Rules School's Strip Search of Girl Was Illegal.

I am so sorry that it happened (and happens!) but I am happy about this ruling in favor of student rights (which is really about the civil rights of all Americans) and hope it brings the necessary change.

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Oh thank goodness! (And wow, I really can't stand Thomas!) I can't imagine what it would be like for students in public schools if the court had gone the other way. *shudder*

One of the things that's been bothering me about the case is the focus on her status as an honor roll student and that she's never been in trouble before. Those shouldn't be determining factors in whether or not a strip search should be performed in this particular instance. The opinion doesn't seem to have been published yet (at least, I can't find it on any of the sites that have those opinions), but I'm curious to see what the court had to say on that point of the case.

Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.--Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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