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School Board Votes To Ban Strip Searches

June 26, 1985

PLYMOUTH, Conn. (AP) _ The school board in a district where high school boys were strip searched after one student was found with alcohol has decided to prohibit school officials from conducting such searches.

School officials must have a particular suspicion before searching any student and group searches and strip searches are prohibited under the policy adopted Tuesday on a 7-1 vote by the Plymouth Board of Education.

If school officials think a strip search is necessary, they must contact police, who will conduct any search, the policy says. School property, such as lockers and desks, may be searched at any time.

Terryville High School officials ordered a group of senior boys to go behind a stage curtain May 31 and drop their pants during a search for alcohol. Senior girls’ purses were searched. No alcohol was found.

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