School Strip-Searches 22 Sixth-Grade Girls Because a Cop Thought They Were Hiding $50 in Their Underwear

Despite the best efforts of a nurse who “loosened their bras” and “checked around the waistband of their panties,” no money was found.

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When $50 went missing during the choir class’s sixth-grade field trip, Lanier Middle School’s police officer informed its assistant principal that sometimes “girls like to hide things in their bras and panties.” The assistant principal then ordered the choir’s 22 female members—it isn’t clear whether there were any boys in the choir—to report to the school nurse for strip searches.
Although the nurse “loosened their bras” and “checked around the waistband of their panties,” no money was found. The search at the Texas public school was in any case brazenly improper and probably violated the students’ rights.
That’s according to a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The girls had filed a federal lawsuit against the school district, which readily agreed that it had violated their rights under the Texas constitution. A federal judge nevertheless dismissed the lawsuit, concluding that the girls had failed to state a constitutional claim. The Fifth Circuit reversed that decision last week:
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