Justices hear arguments over school strip search

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Justices hear arguments over school strip search - An Arizona teenager's lawyer is telling the Supreme Court that school officials were out of bounds when they ordered her to remove her clothes during a search for the equivalent of two Advils.

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A lawyer for a 13-year-old girl strip-searched by school officials looking for prescription-strength ibuprofen pills has told the Supreme Court that the administrators needed better information than what they had before doing such a humiliating search.

Savana Redding was 13 when Safford Middle School officials ordered her to remove her clothes and shake out her underwear looking for pills.

Adam Wolf, lawyer for the now-19-year-old Redding, told the justices Tuesday that a strip search for any reason would be unconstitutionally unreasonable unless school officials were told specifically that something was in her underwear.

That seemed to worry several justices. They also seemed concerned that allowing strip searches of school-age children could lead to other, more intrusive searches like body cavity searches.

The school lawyer argued that the courts should not limit school officials' ability to search out dangerous items on school grounds.

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