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Arkansas Law Review

2022

Fourteenth Amendment

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The Problem Of Qualified Immunity In K-12 Schools, Sarah Smith Feb 2022

The Problem Of Qualified Immunity In K-12 Schools, Sarah Smith

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When thirteen-year-old Savana Redding arrived at school one autumn day in 2003, she was not expecting to be pulled out of her math class and strip searched. But, that is exactly what happened after the assistant principal suspected her of possessing and distributing “prescription-strength ibuprofen” and “over-the-counter. . .naproxen” after receiving information from another student. After Savana consented to a search of her backpack and other belongings—a search which turned up no evidence of drug possession—the assistant principal asked the school nurse and administrative assistant to search Savana’s clothes. To do this, the school officials asked Savana “to remove her …