The controversial case involving a teenager who had to undergo a school bra search will soon be sent to the Supreme Court of North Carolina.
In a 2-1 ruling last year by the state Court of Appeals, the case of the school bra search at Brunswick County Academy was found in November 2008 as “degrading, demeaning and highly intrusive.”
The case involved a teenager who was allegedly asked to untuck her shirt and pull out her bra with her thumb as part of a search for pills. On Monday, the high court is hearing the appeal over several issues, including whether the search violated the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The academy is an alternative school for at-risk children.
The teenager’s legal counsel, Attorney Geeta Kapur, said she believes the court’s ruling will apply to all public school students, about 1.5 million of them, and not just those in alternative schools.
“It’s concerning to us because the population that usually attends these schools is minority, low-income and are low-performing,” said Eric Zogry, juvenile defender for the state of North Carolina. “And so the state seems to be indicating that it’s OK to relax the Constitution for this population.”
According to reports, the school principal, Sandra Robinson, acted on a tip from other students that unsafe pills were coming into the school. However, Robinson reportedly did not have any other details as to which pills were being brought in.