Case On 'Bra-lift search' Goes To State Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments involving a student at an alternative school in Brunswick County who had to untuck her shirt and pull out her bra with her thumb as part of a search for pills.

The attorney who represents the student will argue that search in front of two men violated constitutional guarantees involving unwarranted searches.

Attorney Geeta Kapur said she believes the court's ruling will apply to all public school students, about 1.5 million of them, and not just those in alternative schools.

The case involves a 15-year-old who attended Brunswick County Academy, a school for at-risk children.

The state Attorney General's Office represents the school. Its court brief says students at an alternative school have a lesser expectation of privacy than other students.


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  • by fmr police officer on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM
    there is a way to search females without asking her to "expose" herself. but to cover your $%@@ you need to have a female presnt.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM in reply to fmr police officer
      And tell the truth, the rules are different when it is a MINOR female.
  • by BLAHammed on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    Man you people are weirdos.Nowhere in this report says this young girl was violated at any point in time.Read the report and stop judging from the head line.It's what I do every day when I see the words presidOnt amabo,I know it aint true!Nothing is real anymore!
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      by 44mag. on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:04 AM in reply to BLAHammed
      The report(given by police)has no credibility and "why"?...Police are notorious liars and believe in "CYA" policy!!!Those two lairs should be listed on the states sex offender "Registry"!!!!
  • by taxpayer on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:37 PM
    The TSA does this to women all the time, except they run their hands under the bra and don't let you do it. If it is not wrong for the TSA to do what they do, what is the problem with them making the student do it herself.
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      by c-had on Feb 14, 2012 at 08:14 AM in reply to taxpayer
      It IS wrong for the TSA as well.
  • by Hold on a minute Location: Folks on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:04 PM
    Nowhere does it say the girl's breast were exposed! Stop jumping to conclusions before knowing all the facts. The article said she untucked her shirt and used her thumb to pull the bottom of the bra out. Nowhere, Nowhere, does it say she was forced to disrobe in front of the male staff. If she had a knife or razor and killed another student that would be ok with you all I suppose...
  • by Hold on a minute Location: Folks on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM
    Nowhere does it say the girl's breast were exposed! Stop jumping to conclusions before knowing all the facts. The article said she untucked her shirt and used her thumb to pull the bottom of the bra out. Nowhere, Nowhere, does it say she was forced to disrobe in front of the male staff. If she had a knife or razor and killed another student that would be ok with you all I suppose...
  • by Law Enforcement on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    There is nothing legally wrong with what they did.. No law states that a Male officer can not search a female.. IT WAS NOT A "STRIP SEARCH" the sirt stays down and does not disclose anything.. it is just pulled outwards to allow anything concealed to fall down .. untucking the shirt allows for it to fall onto the floor. Face it woman hide stuff there. A CHILD?? lets reflect on a MIDDLE SCHOOL student who brought a fake firearm to school.. We are entering a era that if a individual is 10-16 years old they are not always "innocent". Officer safety is #1... It is smarter however to have atleast a female teacher/princpal to be present just to keep this from being blown up like it is
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    I would say her Constitutional rights were violated. Had it been done solely in the presence of a woman, it might not be an issue. But in front of 2 males, that constitutes "unreasonable" in my eyes.
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      by C-HAD on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM in reply to The Original ENC
      Your @#$%^^ right.Exactly why out children are home schooled.
  • by Capt Location: ENC on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    I dont have enough info about this at all, but seems the news is sensationalizing the search. If i am not wrong the thumb search would not have exsposed her breast at all. The thumb search i was taught was to have the female officer if available to run her thumbs under the bottom of the bra and push away from the breast enouh to allow any contraband if any to fall loose. That is why the shirt was untucked so as to let anything fall to the floor. While i dont know why they were searching for. But once on school grounds you rescind your right for searches by school employees,(ie) the princpal. Yes this is some ones daughter and if were mine i would be upset, not only at the two males but also my child for putting hersel in the position to warrant a search to begin with. If the found contraband then this is some liberal lawyer trying to get the criminal off on a technicality, and wasting our tax dollars
  • by Bmumford Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM
    I dont see the problem here. If the officials had reason to believe she had potentially fatal prescription pills on her they did the right thing. I she was to swallow them in an attempt to get rif of the evidence. I've been searched by a female that had me drop my gym shorts and had me run my fingers around the waste band and then jump to insure I didn't have anything hidden...., sounds like she got off pretty easily.
  • by OBJ Location: Wayne County on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    That still doesn't mean a female student should be subjected to what amounts to a strip search by two male officers! Would they have been excited to come home and find out their daughter had to expose her breast to two male individuals without female representation? The States position is rubbish and those two male Officers should be suspended and have their training intensified, if not fired for being so irresponsible towards this childs privacy! Troubled or not she is still someone's child that deserves equal protection under the law!
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