ACLU Sues Jay County School Officials for Invasive Search of Student

What Happened?

A seventh-grade student at Jay County Junior-Senior High School was subjected to an invasive search by school officials, who allegedly required her to expose her bra in front of them. The student, identified as K.S., was removed from class by the dean of students, Bradley Milliman, without any explanation, and taken to the nurse’s office, where the nurse asked her to lift her shirt up. The search was conducted in front of both the nurse and Milliman.

The ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on behalf of K.S. on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, claiming that this very intrusive search violates the Fourth Amendment rights of K.S., which protect citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. The lawsuit also alleges that the same student who falsely reported that K.S. had a weapon had made similar false reports before, and that there were many less invasive means available to conduct a search.

Why is it a Problem?

The ACLU argues that the actions taken by Milliman and Rebecca Hudson, the school nurse, were taken with reckless or callous indifference to K.S.’s rights. The lawsuit states that this very intrusive search has caused emotional and mental harm to K.S., who has not returned to school and is now being schooled at home as a result of this traumatizing experience.

ACLU Sues Jay County School Officials for Invasive Search of Student

The lawsuit also contends that the school officials violated their duty to provide a safe and secure environment for students, and that they failed to follow proper procedures for conducting searches. The lawsuit seeks damages for K.S., as well as injunctive relief to prevent future violations.

What are the Implications?

The lawsuit raises important questions about the rights and responsibilities of school officials when it comes to conducting searches on students. It also highlights the need for more transparency and accountability in schools regarding student safety and discipline policies.

The lawsuit could have significant implications for other schools across the country that may face similar situations involving invasive searches of students. It could also serve as a precedent for future cases involving civil rights violations in schools.

How Can You Help?

If you are interested in learning more about this case or supporting the ACLU’s work on protecting student rights, you can visit their website or follow them on social media. You can also donate to their cause or sign up for their newsletter.

You can also contact your local representatives and urge them to support legislation that would protect student privacy and dignity in schools. You can also join or organize campaigns that would raise awareness about this issue among your community.

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