Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Republicans Pass Mandatory Child Strip Search Bill? WTF!

Republicans Pass Mandatory Child Strip Search Bill? WTF!
by Soul
Mon Oct 02, 2006 at 10:37:11 AM PDT

Republicans managed to sneak a bill through recently, and from the looks of it, not many noticed. The MSM didn't seem to notice, and I haven't been able to find mention of it here. It doesn't surprise me though, the bill passed quietly with a 'Voice Vote.' Here's a glimpse

House Approves Strip Search Bill

A bill approved by the U.S. House yesterday would require school districts around the country to establish policies making it easier for teachers and school officials to conduct wide scale searches of students. These searches could take the form of pat-downs, bag searches, or strip searches depending on how administrators interpret the law.

The Student Teacher Safety Act of 2006 (HR 5295) would require any school receiving federal funding--essentially every public school--to adopt policies allowing teachers and school officials to conduct random, warrantless searches of every student, at any time, on the flimsiest of pretexts. Saying they suspect that one student might have drugs could give officials the authority to search every student in the building.

Details below the fold...

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The text of the 'Student and Teacher Safety Act' reads, in part:

Sec 3. Searches Based On Reasonable Suspicion.

(a) IN GENERAL.-- Each local educational agency shall have in effect throughout the jurisdiction of the agency policies that ensure that a search described in subsection (b) is deemed reasonable and permissible.

(b) Searches Covered.-- A search referred to in subsection (a) is a search by a full-time teacher or school official, acting on any reasonable suspicion based on professional experience and judgment, of any minor student on the grounds of any public school, if the search is conducted to ensure that classrooms, school buildings, school property and students remain free from the threat of all weapons, dangerous materials, or illegal narcotics. The measures used to conduct any search must be reasonably related to the search's objectives, without being excessively intrusive in light of the student's age, sex, and the nature of the offense.

Sec 4. ENCOURAGEMENT TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

(a) IN GENERAL.-- A local educational agency that fails to comply with section 3 shall not, during the period of non-compliance, receive any Safe and Drug Free School funds after fiscal year 2008.

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