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Via The Local:
Police officers who forced teenage students to strip, some of them completely naked, in the hunt for a stolen €5 at a school in Munich are now being investigated themselves after pupils and their parents complained.The €5 was never found. Of course, there's no way they could have determined the girl's €5 from any other.
While this case happened in Germany, similar incidents to this have happened in the United States. Earlier this year an assistant principle at Union Elementary School in North Carolina strip-searched a third-grader after another student accused him of stealing $20, the assistant principle reportedly "rubbed her fingers around inside of [the boy's] underwear."
Another similar case happened at Atlantic High School in Iowa, after a student reported $100 missing, school administrators ordered five girls to be strip-searched, one was forced to completely disrobe. As the Desmoines Register reported,
The classmate and a female counselor stood watch in the girls' locker room at Atlantic High School as the five girls removed their clothing, lifted up their underwear, and in one case took off all her clothing, according to lawyers Ed Noethe of Council Bluffs and Matt Hudson of Harlan.In 2003, 13-yr-old Savana Redding of Arizona was strip-searched by school officials looking for an ibuprofen pain-reliever. As the NYT reported,
School officials ordered Ms. Redding, whom another girl had accused of giving her drugs, to strip to her bra and underpants and to pull them away from her body, exposing her breasts and pelvic area. No drugs were found.In all of these cases had the strip-searchers not been acting as agents of the state, they would have been charged with sexually assaulting minors. Instead, settlements were paid with taxpayer money and the strip-searchers got off scot-free.
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