Appeals Court Considers State Responsibility for Illegally Strip-Searching Child

@estherlou (5020)
United States
December 4, 2007 10:51am CST
Apparently, a social worker went to the school on a tip that two kids, 8 and 9 might have been beaten by their father with a stick. She took the kids into a private room, with the principal's ok, but without parental consent and interrogated them and made the boy lift his shirt and the girl to lift her skirt and drop her tights to show if there were any marks. The case is stating that to barge into a private school without a warrant or even parental consent is wrong and exceeds their authority. What do you think about this? Here is the article. http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14100&PRID=642
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
5 Dec 07
I'd be wild if that were my child. It is a law that if abuse is suspected that it needs to be reported to the state. The sate then investigates. They have a certain protocol that they need to follow. The social worker had no right to take matters into her own hands following a report. The parents should have been notified. The principal was also guilty in allowing this to happen. The procedure itself was as abusive as any abuse that may or may not have been inflicted by the parents.
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• United States
5 Dec 07
OMG! there is no reason this should have been allowed! if the parents denied there children to be stripped searched then obviously their hiding somthing!. but the parents should have been consulted before this happend... i know as a parent myself. i would sue the school for letting this happend. How did they know that this lady was the real deal?. anyone can make an name badge and say hi im such and such and i work with whopever.. for her to take my children in a room alone and take their clothes off!.. omg i would be soooo freaking heated. i am so mad at the fact this this school let this happen to someone children that i cant even type clearly what i wanna say.. so im ganna stop while im ahead...:)
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
4 Dec 07
well I think if the damn welfare would stay out of peoples business we would be alot better off. There is nothing wrong with spanking a kid on the bottom for wrong doing a difference from a beating and a spanking. case worker had no right to do this and neither did the principal allowing it to happen .grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Social workers have long had the idea that the law does not apply to them. They are our version of Jack Booted Thugs whose sole goal is to find an excuse to separate kids from their families.
@xreesex (117)
• United States
4 Dec 07
You don't believe that, do you? Have you been an abused child? Have you been a child who FEARS their parents? Come on. Social workers have a hard enough job to do than to have to worry about people thinking they are TRYING to seperate kids from their families. Most of the time, parents who have their children taken away, deserve it.
• United States
4 Dec 07
I not only believe it, I know it, and have seen them in action. I was a Foster Parent for 2 years and saw more than enough of this type of thing occurring. In my state we have had several dustups with Family Services offices and districts being placed under court supervision, and with entire offices being court ordered to stop harassing certain families. My wife has seen caseworkers lying under oath in order to influence a judges decision concerning kids in our care. I know what the hell I am talking about... Do you?
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• United States
7 Dec 07
The kids' rights were violated. The worst thing is that it doesn't matter to this judge why they wanted to search the kids. What matters is that they were searched without their okay or their parents.So if there was abuse, we will never know.
@citygirl (1081)
• Canada
5 Dec 07
I think it is ludicrist. The social worker has no right to do that. If she thought there was abuse then the police and a hospital should have been involved not her. The principal should have notified the parents as well as the police. Has anyone seen a criminal record on the social worker before allowing her to strip two children. I would sue the social workers agency and the school and any one that I could at these people are getting out of control in some cases and not protecting children in other cases. Seems to me like to much power and not enough brains. lol.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
5 Dec 07
If the social worker had a clue that these children have been abused , then i feel that it is ok for her to look for marks on the children.The parents if abusive would probably not approve, but in the case of child abuse i think it would be in order..
@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
5 Dec 07
Wow this is really wrong. 1. There should have been a court order for this search in order for it to be done. 2. The search should have been done by a doctor 3. There should have been another person present.
@xreesex (117)
• United States
4 Dec 07
During school hours, doesn't the school act as their parents? In Loco Parentis? I don't know that it gives them the right to say a social worker can strip search a child, but at the same time, if they are investigating allagations of child abuse, I belive they were in the right. They did not ask the girl to remove her underwear, did they? I would rather know the system takes these things seriously, instead of brushing them off. If they have been abused, do you honestly think the parent would give consent for them to be searched? I think it's a little excessive to have the girl remove her tights, and there should have been the school nurse or such in the room with her, but I think it's not horrible. Also, I think it says more about people worrying if the social worker had other motives than it does about the social worker herself.