Cops Detain Entire School, Illegally Search/Grope 900 Kids
Worth County, GA — Imagine if you sent your child to school one morning, only to find that they’d been subject to uncomfortable pat downs and drug dog searches. If you found out they’d been treated like drug lords in a raid.
On April 14th, at Worth County High School, that is exactly what happened. It was all done under the guise of a war on drugs. When students of the high school returned from spring break, a police state was enacted and all students were searched for drugs. This was, of course, a furious violation of the 4th amendment and upset parents immediately made clear their desire to seek legal council over the matter.
“It’s essentially a fourth amendment violation,” said attorney Mark Begnaud. “It’s 900 illegal searches, suspicion-less pat downs, suspicion-less searches.”
Sheriff Jeff Hobby, who was in charge of the “raid,” seems to think that a school can overturn the rights of children if they feel a “threat” is warranted. You know, like a handful of children potentially carrying marijuana.
The student handbook says you can search a student only if there is a reasonable suspicion the student has an illegal item.
Worth County Schools attorney Tommy Coleman said via WALB that the sheriff’s office can only search students if they find a reason to believe there to be criminal behavior.
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“If you don’t have that then this search would violate an individual’s rights,” said Coleman. “[It] violates the constitutional right and enforcing them the right against unreasonable search and seizures.”
Interim Worth County Superintendent Lawrence Walters said he understands why parents are upset.
“I’ve never been involved with anything like that ever in the past 21 years and I don’t condone it,” said Walters. “We did not give permission but they didn’t as for permission, he just said, the sheriff, that he was going to do it after spring break.”
Curious as to what this vile subversion of rights led to?
Drugs dogs led officers to one car, which yielded nothing.
Homeschool sound good yet?
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Author: Jim Satney
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