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Strip Search At Grade School Results In Lawsuit

July 15, 1987

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A man has sued an elementary school, accusing school officials of conducting a strip search in violation of children’s rights.

The class-action complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court in Knoxville, asks that Brown Elementary School in Sweetwater establish a policy for searches.

The suit filed by Roscoe Jabe Smith also seeks $50,000 in damages stemming from the alleged search of his son.

The complaint says that on Nov. 17, $3 was reported missing in teacher Rossie Watson’s fifth-grade class, and Principal August Hadorn later authorized the search.

Hadorn and a teacher took the boys to a restroom and ordered them to remove their clothing, the lawsuit says. ″After disrobing the boys, these defendants performed a physical inspection of the boys’ clothing and bodies.″

Similar searches were performed on girls in another room, the suit says.

There was no answer at the school Wednesday nor at the home of Hadorn. There is no Sweetwater telephone listing for Watson.

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