High school strip search!

Tiffany entered the girl’s bathroom to find Claire at the sink.

The two girls ignored each other. Claire was a goth girl. Tiffany was head cheerleader and a top student.

Claire gasped in pain. She grabbed a pill from her purse.

“Hey! We’re not allowed to bring drugs to school!” Tiffany said.

“Oh please. It’s one lousy painkiller.”

“That’s against school policy and you know it.”

“Actually, I haven’t committed every rule to memory like you have. It’s for my period cramps, okay??”

“Well, It’s wrong!!”

Mrs. Chalmsky stormed in. “What’s going on?”

She saw the pill in Claire’s hand. “What is that?”


“That’s unauthorized medication. You’re coming down to the principal’s.”

“What about Tiffany? She gave it to me.”

“What?!” Tiffany said.

“Honour student Tiffany?” Mrs. Chalmsky was doubtful.

“Appearances are deceptive,” Claire said.

“Okay, you’re both going to the principal’s office,” Mrs. Chalmsky decided.

“I’ve never been in any trouble before!” Tiffany cried.

“Welcome to my world,” Claire smirked.

The principal was stern. “Claire, you’re suspended for taking a painkiller. And Tiffany…”

Tiffany protested. “I don’t have any medication! Look in my purse!”

“There are other places to hide pills,” Claire innocently suggested.

Hanley sighed. “Mrs. Chalmsky will perform a body search of Tiffany.”

Mrs. Chalmksy took Tiffany into a room and asked her to empty her pockets.

Nothing but gum.

“Now, please remove your sweater and your jeans.”

“Take my clothes off?!”

“It’s school policy.”

In tears, Tiffany stripped down to her underwear.

“Now, pull your bra out to see if any drugs fall out. Same with your panties.”

Horrified, Tiffany did as she was told.

“I told you there was nothing!” Tiffany howled.

Tiffany’s parents were outraged. “We’re taking the school to court.”


The school stood firm. “We have zero tolerance for all drugs including over the counter remedies. Children must be protected from prescription drugs.”

Tiffany argued back. “It’s unreasonable to strip search a 13-year-old honour student because you think she’s brought ibuprofen to school!”

Was the search legal? You! Be The Judge. Then look below for the decision.


“Illegal!” held the Judge. “Strip searching a girl for allegedly possessing ibuprofen, a minor infraction, was excessively intrusive. Especially when it was based on a tip of Claire who was facing significant punishment.”

Today’s column is based on a case from Arizona. The characters and the scenarios are fictional. Any resemblance to real people is purely coincidental. The information in this column does not constitute legal advice. If you have a similar problem, consult a lawyer in your province. Elissa Bernstein is a lawyer and internationally syndicated columnist. Copyright 2009 Haika Enterprises, all rights reserved.

Just Posted

Let the Games begin!

Team Alberta takes home gold and silver in speed skating on day one

‘Mitts don’t just warm hands. They warm hearts’: Mitts for Many Program launches

Donate new or lightly used mittens to bin in the Great Hall of the Gary W. Harris Centre

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony welcomes athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official opening of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vehicle theft from dealership

Police were able to disable the SUV with assistance from the built-in vehicle assistance system

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

LOCATED: Innisfail RCMP looking for missing woman

Amanda Kucher was last seen at the Innisfail 7-Eleven on Feb. 15

Red Deer College transforms into Athletes’ Village

Red Deer College’s campus will be home for the athletes during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Alberta minor hockey team, slammed for Indigenous dance video, forfeits season

Parents say season was too dangerous to finish because the team has been threatened

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Red Deer man loses car after being caught twice driving with suspended licence

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit ticketed the man in December and on Valentine’s Day

January home sales were weakest since 2015, average national price falls: CREA

CREA says the national average price for all types of residential properties sold in January was $455,000

Most Read