13-Year-Old Girl's Strip Search Case Goes to Supreme Court


Savana Redding was 13 years old when she was strip-searched by two school officials looking for ibuprofen pills, and now her case is slated to reach the Supreme Court. 

CNN reports that in 2003, Redding was accused by a classmate of providing the prescription-strength drug, a charge Redding denied. At the time she was an eighth-grade honors student with no history of disciplinary problems, and when school officials confronted her with the accusation, Redding denied it.

The officials, both female, reportedly searched her belongings but found no drugs prescription or otherwise. They then proceeded to strip Redding down to her undergarments but still found nothing.

In an affidavit, Redding said, "The strip search was the most humiliating experience I have ever had. I held my head down so that they could not see that I was about to cry."

Now the Supreme Court will decide whether the school officials overstepped their bounds. Redding’s attorney, Adam Wolf of the American Civil Liberties Union, told CNN that "School officials undoubtedly have difficult jobs, but sometimes they overreact -- and this was just a clear overreaction.”

The case is Safford United School District No. 1 v. Redding (08-479).


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