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Case on ‘bra-lift search’ goes to NC Supreme Court

By MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state Supreme Court will hear arguments involving a student at an alternative school in Brunswick County who had to untuck her shirt and pull out her bra with her thumb as part of a search for pills.

The attorney who represents the student will argue that search in front of two men violated constitutional guarantees involving unwarranted searches.

Attorney Geeta Kapur said she believes the court’s ruling will apply to all public school students, about 1.5 million of them, and not just those in alternative schools.

The case involves a 15-year-old who attended Brunswick County Academy, a school for at-risk children.

The state Attorney General’s Office represents the school. Its court brief says students at an alternative school have a lesser expectation of privacy than other students.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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