Educators Strip-Searched High School Students During Exam



Before a math exam, staff at a Quebec high school asked students to put their cell phones on a teacher's desk to prevent any cheating. But when one of those phones seemed unaccounted for, the staff decided to go to any lengths to find it, reports Canada's QMI news service, including a strip search. The local school board has launched an investigation into the incident at Cap-Jeunesse high school in St. Jerome, in which the employees allegedly asked the 28 10th-grade students to remove their clothes, one at a time.

"They put us in a small room," one girl told the QMI Agency. "[They said] 'take off your bra, then raise your arms. They even tapped us on the back.'"

When the incident came to light last week, it made national news in Canada. The Cap-Jeunesse school board spokeswoman told QMI that its teachers had diverged from school policy, calling it "a disproportionate action under the circumstances," and said an investigation was ongoing.

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It hasn't been reported whether anyone has been disciplined, and AOL Jobs was unable to reach a representative from the school board.

"Is this a school or prison?" asked one U.S. news outlet when the story slipped south of the border this week. It was an apt question: Not only are strip searches a matter of course in the criminal justice system, but one of the most recent strip search controversies occurred at the Portsmouth City Jail.

In 2011, nine women who worked for jail contractors sued, claiming that they'd been forced to undergo visual body-cavity searches. "I just cried like a baby," one of the women, a mental health counselor, said of the experience. "I'm almost 60 years old, and I cried like a baby." But last month a jury refused to award the women damages, even though it found that some of the searches were unwarranted.

Strip searches may become more common, though. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution did not prohibit the government from strip searching people, even if only charged with minor offenses.

It's unclear whether hiding a cell phone from a teacher would count, however. And anyway, that happened in Canada.


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FRED

A held metal detector would have worked much better. Perhaps they just want to strip search them to upset the students?

June 02 2013 at 6:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frank & Becky

outrageous

June 02 2013 at 6:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Storm

My 10th grade grand daughter got caught smoking 4 blocks away from school. This 23 old cop put his hands inside her low rider skin tight jeans to see if she was carrying anything like drugs, a lighter, matches, and asked her if she was in a gang and patted her breasts down while he was at it. THEN took her back to the school and got her suspended. He got away with touching this kid , When I was growing up a police woman had to pat you down, It is against the law in ca for anyone under 18 to have a light eror matches or cgts on them even ballet dancers that need tis to fix their laces can not have them they will get a ticket or go to jail but it is not against the law for a male poilice officer to put his hands in a teenaged girls skin tight low riders and feel her up. Kids today wear those jeans so tight I have no idea how they get in them much less hide something in them. I have told my youngest g daughters that NO male officer is to touch her in that way and they are never to take their clothes off any teacher or principal .They can suspend them but not touch them. Any parent that thinks this is ok needs a damn shrink. I hope the lot of those teachers get fired,

June 02 2013 at 2:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
houseovblues

Is the Obama administration working Canada too?

June 02 2013 at 2:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mark and sheri

Welcome to the New Fascism. All part of the Mommy State/We Know Best. You would think a country that seems to pride itself on its progressive policies would be the last country that would have this happen.

June 02 2013 at 2:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mgs3351

Hideous.

June 02 2013 at 12:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig

Oh wait a second. Where do I apply for that job??????????????? Quick!

June 02 2013 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chefdorsback

That is JUST WRONG on so many levels!! They need to be fired!!

June 02 2013 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
turbolarry39

This is totaly ridiculous, the thought of strip searching students for a cell phone is absurd. are they so stupid they dont know there are devices that jam all cell phone signals in a broad area.. i dont think cell phones at school are a good thing other than being used to contact a parent or gaurdian. for which case a cell area could be set up thats not a classroom area.and parents whats wrong with you that you dont monitor your childrens cellphone/internet activity. sure you child will feel its not right and invading their privacy but its not your job to be liked or their friend its your job to make sure they become responsible productive adults capable of taking care of themselves, Its called parenting. if you fail to monitor your childs activity you have little to no input into what they are taught or become. my mother used to tell me " I wish you would do as I ask knowing its whats right and best for you. but if not then you will do as i ask from fear of the deserved punishment you receive" words to live by. my siblings and myself all went to college and went into professional careers. my mother /father were stritch but fair. and when i became an adult they were my best friends. parents its not the schools fault jane and Jonnie are failing school and running the streets, its yours. wake up and do your job. you decided to make a child now do the work to show them how to be an adult.dont go to school raising hell at the teachers and school sit your kids down and show them the behaviour is not ok. you pay for their phones and internet if they cant be responsible take it away.contact your cell provider and stop all texting on your accounts put the computer in a public area where you can see what they are doing. or dont be suprized when your kids a parent at 14. its your duty to raise your child they didnt ask to be born you decided to have them. and yes i am a parent of two and i do what i should to raise productive adults its not easy and wont make you dad of the year to your kids but its the right thing to do..just stop being so self centered and lazy and do your job be parents.

June 02 2013 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wllharrington

Isn't it possile to set up some kind of electronic interference in the exam room to prevent any cell phone usage?

June 01 2013 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Lynn1964

isn't it possible that a teacher monitor the test, walk the room and conviscate said cells until the test is over? Duh!!

June 02 2013 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mark and sheri

That would require thoughtful work.

June 02 2013 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

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