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Parents Of Teen Strip-Searched At School Sue Assistant Principal, Police
CBS News Chicago ^ | December 5, 2012

Posted on 12/06/2012 6:06:56 PM PST by grundle

CHICAGO (CBS) – The parents of a 15-year old boy who was allegedly strip-searched at a high school last month have filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools.

In an exclusive interview with CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman, the boy and his outraged parents described what happened.

“He came home crying. So I asked him why he was crying,” said the boy’s father, Anthony Woodman. “And he was like hysterical. He tells me he’s been strip-searched.”

It allegedly happened at Taft High school last month.

His mother, Michelle Woodman said she contacted the CBS2 Investigators “so this doesn’t happen to anyone else. No one should go through what our son went through.”

The student said two security guards, a Chicago police officer and a female assistant principal took him from an room where he was serving an “in school suspension” to a nearby washroom on the second floor.

Asked if the officer or assistant principal said anything, the student said, “They told me they had an anonymous tip. They were looking for drugs.”

He said, while the others watched, one of the security guards put him up against the wall of a bathroom stall so his back was to the guards.

“And then he searched me with my clothes on,” the boy said. “Then he told me to remove my belt. As I undid my belt he pulled my pants and underwear down to my knees.”

After that, “He started grabbing and searching my privates,” the boy said.

He said they did not find any drugs.

Records the Woodmans provided said CPS staff diagnosed their son with an emotional disorder and learning disability. He requires special education services.

Misconduct reports detail behavioral problems leading to numerous suspensions, some contested by his parents.

As for the strip search, his father said “there needs to be consequences for what they did to him.”

Now his parents are suing everyone allegedly involved, and Chicago Public Schools and City of Chicago.

“What we are claiming is that his civil rights were violated when he was strip searched without cause and unreasonably,” said Julie Herrera, the Woodman’s attorney.

“The way it was done was outrageous,” Herrera said. “Having a 15-year-old boy have to have a woman – an older woman – watch him with his pants down, while he is touched by another man. I think is horribly humiliating and embarrassing.”

His mother said it was humiliating for her son, and it has adversely affected him.

“He is very withdrawn. He sleeps with his clothes on. He’s had nightmares,” said Michelle Woodman. “He is very angry. He’s depressed. He is just not the same person.”

The assistant principal who allegedly watched the strip search declined to comment, referring questions to the Chicago Public School’s law department.

A CPS spokeswoman said their policy is that “under no circumstances are strip searches of students allowed on CPS premises.”

The CPS policy manual also prohibits “washroom searches.”

Spokeswomen for both CPS and the Chicago Police Department said they cannot comment on this case until their investigation is complete.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chicago; publicschools

1 posted on 12/06/2012 6:06:59 PM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

What a Workers Paradise


2 posted on 12/06/2012 6:09:21 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: grundle

New millionaires, courtesy of the Chicago Public School system ....


3 posted on 12/06/2012 6:09:30 PM PST by Ken522
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To: grundle

Public school is child abuse.


4 posted on 12/06/2012 6:13:51 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: grundle

Those must be the “Chicago values” Rahm was talking about.


5 posted on 12/06/2012 6:18:09 PM PST by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: grundle

burn the freaking school down!!


7 posted on 12/06/2012 6:33:35 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: grundle

Sounds like they have learned to “swat” in high school. Anonymous tip to the administration to trigger the “swat”.


8 posted on 12/06/2012 6:34:15 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: grundle
A CPS spokeswoman said their policy is that “under no circumstances are strip searches of students allowed on CPS premises.” The CPS policy manual also prohibits “washroom searches.”

Have they been fire or suspended yet? Why not? Union rules?

9 posted on 12/06/2012 6:34:51 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: grundle

“CPS staff diagnosed their son with an emotional disorder and learning disability.”

Public schools diagnose these things??


10 posted on 12/06/2012 6:39:15 PM PST by HomeAtLast
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To: HomeAtLast

>>>>“CPS staff diagnosed their son with an emotional disorder and learning disability.”

>>Public schools diagnose these things??

No. Public schools cause these things.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 6:40:53 PM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: grundle

if the parents don’t settle down they will have to be tased. If they have a dog, shoot it now as a warning


12 posted on 12/06/2012 6:54:12 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: generally; Morgana

bump!


13 posted on 12/06/2012 6:57:46 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I don’t even follow such things today, it would be like watching a slow motion passenger train wreck.

But if it’s like a lot of cities, the officials/teachers involved will be paid either to stay home or to show up at an office where they do nothing, while the investigations slowly grind on twenty times as long as they should ever need to.


14 posted on 12/06/2012 7:05:11 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: generally

Or worsen them. Still it makes them look like double monsters, doing something they were verboten to do already, to a particularly vulnerable kid.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 7:07:42 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: grundle

He wasn’t strip searched he was a VICTIM OF SEXUAL MOLESTATION at the hands of the Police and School, they should be in PRISON for LIFE.


16 posted on 12/06/2012 7:08:28 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: eyeamok

Even the TSA doesn’t usually ogle when it gropes....


17 posted on 12/06/2012 7:10:05 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Morgana

My niece was handcuffed and put into a cop car and driven to another city to a Mental Institution, and strip searched there, because she said really something stupid at school.

Should we sue?


18 posted on 12/06/2012 7:12:22 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: grundle

Not much different than what they do to air travellers a thousand times a day, is it?


19 posted on 12/06/2012 7:14:00 PM PST by digger48
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To: GeronL

Talk to the chaps in charge of suing.


20 posted on 12/06/2012 7:14:06 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You mean ask a lawyer?


21 posted on 12/06/2012 7:15:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

As slimey as a lot of them are, there’s few other practical ways. Don’t be afraid to get multiple opinions, like you would from doctors for something important. Many will see you a first time for little or nothing especially if they stand to get a piece of the pie. Don’t let yourself be talked into something obviously idiotic, but be smart.


22 posted on 12/06/2012 7:18:56 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HomeAtLast
“CPS staff diagnosed their son with an emotional disorder and learning disability.”
Public schools diagnose these things??

Among the little secrets about public schools today: Over the past 2 decades, most of the staffing increases have been in non-teaching positions, particularly counselors and administrators. Schools have a vested interest in finding "disabilities" in as many students as possible because the funds they get from the state are greater for every "diagnosed" student than for a non-diagnosed student. Thus they hire "evaluators" instead of teachers... because it brings in more money to the school system, as they find ANYTHING in the DSM IV to assign to a child. (Kids used to hate the stigma, but not in today's culture. They get extra perks, like leaving class MUCH more frequently, even during tests, to get assistance from the cute young SPED teachers. The parents no longer mind the diagnoses, because their kids get individual attention, and their grades usually go up.)

It has nothing to do with teaching, or proper diagnosis, or the child's best interests... and everything to do with revenue enhancement.

23 posted on 12/06/2012 7:20:50 PM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It’s doubtful her guardians will do anything like sue, but I will try and talk them into asking a lawyer


24 posted on 12/06/2012 7:31:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: grundle
Is this what Hillary meant by "It takes a village to raise a child."?

Move the kid as far away from his molesters as possible. Best of luck with the lawsuits. Do whatever it takes to stop this from being repeated.

25 posted on 12/06/2012 7:34:19 PM PST by TChad
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To: GeronL

Ultimately it’s up to the parents/guardians, but if this impacted her in more than a transient manner, if issues related to it are still cropping up and haunting her, then it can’t hurt to suggest looking for both sensible child counselors AND (inasmuch as it isn’t an oxymoron) ethical attorneys. Something has to pay for the counseling. If it’s a health insurance company who paid, in fact, they might have the right to sue on her behalf whether she wants it or not.


26 posted on 12/06/2012 7:35:17 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: grundle

Did they(the cops and the school representative) find what they were looking for?
Because this article, as posted, doesn’t make that point clear...

Parents would never, ever use their own “troubled children” as mules in drug deals...right?


27 posted on 12/06/2012 7:35:43 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: sarasmom

Laws about this don’t declare such verboten actions justified based on the outcome, and for good reason. If they did, goodbye to what little is left of the 4th Amendment.


28 posted on 12/06/2012 7:39:45 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: sarasmom

They did this with no evidence of any kind except some vague “anonymous tip”, which they might have just made up.

Checking his locker and backpack and pockets might be okay, but they had better get his parents’ permission and hopefully presence before doing something like this.


29 posted on 12/06/2012 7:44:17 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: sarasmom
Did they(the cops and the school representative) find what they were looking for?

No.

Because this article, as posted, doesn’t make that point clear...

He said they did not find any drugs.

I would say that is fairly straight forward.

Parents would never, ever use their own “troubled children” as mules in drug deals...right?

School house perverts would never ever molest their "troubled students"... right?

Oh... wait.... they were just helping him celebrate diversity! That's the ticket!

Why people let their children go to these hell holes is beyond me.

30 posted on 12/06/2012 7:45:07 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Squeezum, Bear.


31 posted on 12/06/2012 7:49:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It happened on Monday


32 posted on 12/06/2012 7:51:04 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: eyeamok; wintertime; little jeremiah

Smacking a kid on the hand with a ruler = evil. Restraining a child who is kicking his teacher and/or classmates = assault. Strip searching a student on an anonymous tip = sensible response.

These places are mental institutions for the criminally insane. The children are herded through the doors to provide a captive audience, unlimited playthings, and daily sacrifices.

Even if it turns out that this boy is a troublemaker spoiled brat type “diagnosed” with some bogus problem, that is no excuse for sexual abuse. This is molestation under the color of authority. Predators target the weak and defenseless.

Look what TSA does in full view of the traveling public. What will they do if (when) the airport scanners are redesigned as privacy booths?


33 posted on 12/06/2012 7:51:24 PM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: GeronL

Well, be a wise uncle and keep your eyes open. Some children can bounce back with no visible ill effect, and there’s nothing wrong with gently pointing out that it’s not the wisest thing to say something “really stupid” in public (especially if something dangerous is being hinted) as one could get taken seriously in this antsy era we live in. But if the child is obviously bugged, or begins to act bizarrely, for a long time, something more could be afoot here.


34 posted on 12/06/2012 7:59:03 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
To harsh?

It was one thing my husband and I disagreed on before marriage, he thought that public schools were basically good. I was prepared to live under a bridge if necessary to keep my children out of those places.

The issue turned out to be moot but he is slowing coming to see I was not quite as far off my rocker on the subject as he thought.

35 posted on 12/06/2012 8:09:16 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I’m cheering ya on Bear.


36 posted on 12/06/2012 8:14:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear; sarasmom

Well done, Harmless Teddy Bear.


37 posted on 12/06/2012 9:44:25 PM PST by Ken H
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To: eyeamok

“He wasn’t strip searched he was a VICTIM OF SEXUAL MOLESTATION...”

EXACTLY. If any body else did this they would spend the rest of their lives on the sex offender list.


38 posted on 12/06/2012 10:03:38 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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Sounds awful. But it is also awful to attempt to run a school where the students are immersed in the dysfunctional thug subculture. Two security guards and a cop assigned to the school were involved. When and where I went to high school there were no security guards or cops. Teachers enforced the rules. But then again we students were not products of an entitlement thug subculture. My guess is that this kid is a real bad actor.
39 posted on 12/06/2012 10:16:17 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: grundle

One of his ‘peers’ set this kid up, and the stupid ‘authorities’ were more than happy to comply.


40 posted on 12/06/2012 10:45:21 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Godwin1
Were you not paying attention to the Jerry Sandusky story? If this kid's story is true, there could be other victims as well. This needs to be looked at without pre-judgment of the boy.

Shame on you.

41 posted on 12/07/2012 4:26:19 AM PST by Ken H
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To: GeronL

YES


42 posted on 12/07/2012 7:12:07 AM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: Navy Patriot

those involved in that are sexual predators and belong on that list. That would put a stop to sexual abuse of kids by school employees....


43 posted on 12/16/2012 3:05:23 PM PST by goat granny
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