Attorney Shelby Shelton, who represents the student’s family, told BuzzFeed News that the body camera footage was obtained from a school official who was present at the incident through a request for public records after the school initially refused to provide it. said.
According to both Oklahoma State Law and the Edmund School District’s Student Search and Seizure Policy permits personnel to search students under reasonable suspicion. But they weren’t allowed to search the students naked, Shelton said.
“Under no circumstances is a naked search of a student permitted. A student’s clothing, except cold weather jackets, may not be removed prior to or during the conduct of a warrantless search,” the school district policy states. says.
No e-cigarettes were found during the search, according to the lawsuit. The family is now seeking a minimum of $25,000 in damages.
Shelton said the girl had already been searched with a metal detector and was clearly not a threat.
“There are no guns, knives or other dangerous objects. Needless to say, I didn’t have an e-cigarette pen if I had one. There is no immediate threat to anyone’s safety,” Shelton said. “And they did all this without contacting anyone’s parents.”
The experience was humiliating for the girl, and after the incident her family took her from the district to an online school, he added. I’m trying
“Our goal is to make people understand that your rights go beyond the entrance to school,” he said. “I mean, we’re all Americans. We all have constitutional rights, and it doesn’t end on the doorstep of school. It doesn’t end in prison.”