Wednesday, June 14, 2017

‘How Far Can They Go?’ Police Search of Hundreds of Students Stokes Lawsuit and Constitutional Questions

But on that Friday, beginning around 8 a.m., dozens of police appeared on campus and announced that the school was on lockdown, which lasted until about noon. In that time, police officers searched all, or nearly all, of the approximately 900 students at the school, in Sylvester, Ga., in the southwest part of the state.

On June 1, with the help of the Southern Center for Human Rights and Horsley Begnaud, L.L.C., a law firm, nine of the students sued the sheriff and his deputies, alleging that they lacked the jurisdiction to carry out the body searches, which the lawsuit called “unreasonable, aggressive, and invasive.”

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