On February 13, the North Carolina Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a landmark case regarding the authority of public school officials to search students. The Center for Civil Rights, the UNC Juvenile Justice Clinic and other students’ rights advocates filed an amicus brief in support of plaintiff T.A.S, a fifteen year old girl. The NC Court of Appeals found the T.A.S. had been subjected to an unconstitutional search, and the state appealed.
In her opening statement on behalf of T.A.S, attorney Geeta Kapur told the Court:
“A fifteen-year-old girl was patted down and her bra was searched by a male school official while a male law enforcement officer stood guard and observed in a closed classroom. The two men did not have any individualized suspicion that she had violated any school rules or the law. She must have been humiliated, frightened and embarrassed.
It is unconstitutional for our daughters to be searched and violated this way by the public schools of North Carolina.”
The UNC Center for Civil Rights and UNC Juvenile Justice Clinic joined the National ACLU, the NC ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Juvenile Defenders Office, the Southern Juvenile Defender, the NC Juvenile Defender and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in an amicus brief to the court.
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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Tue. March 27, 2012 10:08 AM
Categories: Amicus Curiae, Brunswick County, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice