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    Third-graders searched for missing $5.00.

    Date: 03.01.08 | by Judge Tom.

    In February, 2008, an envelope containing $5.00 was missing from the teacher’s desk. It was decided that the 17 third-graders at Martin Luther King Elementary in Kentucky would be searched. They were asked to take off their shoes and socks, and some were patted down and had their pockets checked.

    The physical contact with the kids violated school policy and the four instructors involved received a written reprimand. Physical contact is limited to kids who pose a threat to themselves or others. The search failed to turn up the missing money.

    Photo by Caveman 92223 (Flickr)

    For more on school searches see http://askthejudge.info/can-my-property-be-searched/44/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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