Atlantic school district settles over strip searches


September 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) – The Atlantic school district has settled with the families of three girls who sued over strip searches. That’s according to the Omaha World-Herald. A trial had been scheduled for this month in Cass County District Court, but a recent settlement ended the case. Attorneys in the case declined to reveal details of the agreement. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three girls who claimed they were strip-searched in a locker room in August 2009 after a classmate reported the theft of $100 from her purse. No money was found.

The lawsuit claimed the girls’ state and federal rights against unreasonable searches had been violated, as was an Iowa law that specifically prohibits strip-searching students. The superintendent and several school board members declined to comment on the settlement.