Students and parents of a Georgia high school are livid after a school day in April was interrupted by police who proceeded to grossly violate the personal space of the entire student population.
Acting on a tip regarding 13 students at Worth County High, police officers entered the school on April 14th in what is being called a “drug” raid. Of the 13 students named as possible suspects by the police, only 3 remained within the walls of the academic institution on that fateful day. For a yet-to-be-determined reason, however, police instead chose to search each one of the school’s 900 students utilizing full-body pat downs that went well beyond what is considered acceptable in America.
Worse yet, these officers were conducting their entire search, including the molestation-like searches, with a single warrant.
Now, a lawsuit is being filed by several parents of distraught students who were forced to endure the invasive groping.
“The suit was filed by a human rights group on behalf of students at Worth County High after an April 14 incident when about 40 officers showed up at the school without advance notice.
“They put the school on lockdown for four hours and ordered many students into hallways, where they were forced to stand spread eagle, the lawsuit says.
“According to the suit, officers cupped boys’ genitals, touched girls’ vaginas, reached inside bras, touched girls’ bare breasts, patted their buttocks and placed their hands inside students’ underwear. No drugs were found.”
One such experience was relayed by lawyers in the case, and the details are horrific.
“The lawsuit describes the experience of a student identified as K.A., who was searched by deputy Brandi Whiddon.
“’Sheriff Hobby entered K.A.’s classroom and ordered the students to line up in the hallway with their hands on the wall,’ the suit said. ‘Deputy Whiddon took one of K.A.’s arms, placed it higher up on the wall, and kicked her legs to open them wider. Whiddon pulled the front of K.A.’s bra away from her body by the underwire and flipped it up.’
“’Whiddon also looked down the back and front of K.A.’s dress. Whiddon slid her hands from one of K.A.’s ankles up to her pelvic area. Whiddon’s hands went underneath K.A.’s dress as Whiddon felt up K.A.’s leg. Whiddon’s hands stopped on and cupped K.A.’s vaginal area and buttocks. Whiddon then slid her hands down to the other ankle. Whiddon was wearing gloves, but did not change them before or after her search of K.A.’”
This sort of horrendous invasion of privacy and institutional sexual assault must be investigated until every concern of the parents and students of Worth County are satisfied.
There are enough distractions and excuses available to our public school students to shun their education. We have a responsibility as a civilized society to guarantee that a fear of police molestation will not contribute to already abysmal high school graduation rates in America.