Atlantic Strip Search Settlement

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October 1st, 2011 by Doug Evans

The Atlantic School District will pay $300,000 to the families of three students who were stripped search by a school employee in 2009. The settlement was first reported by the Omaha World-Herald.

As part of the settlement, each family of the three students will receive $100,000.

The lawsuit, alleged that former Atlantic High School Assistant principal Paul Croghan ordered a strip search of five female students when another student reported they were missing $100. No money was found after the searches. Croghan resigned in 2009.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege the school violated the girls state and federal rights against unreasonable searches.

Atlantic Schools admitted earlier this fall that the searches were against school policy and state law. They also said the girls did not do anything wrong.