School Strip-Search Policy Put on Hold - NBC 10 Philadelphia

School Strip-Search Policy Put on Hold

A controversial plan is on hold to allow strip searches of students at a school district in Bucks County



    A new policy in the Palisades School District that allows the schools to conduct searches underneath the clothing of the students has many parents shaking their head. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports on what happened after parents in Bucks County protested. (Published Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013)

    A policy that would allow strip searches of students at Palisades School District passed a school board vote earlier this month.

    But after protests from parents, the school district has decided to put the policy on hold.

    "I don't agree with it, that's for sure. I think there are other ways that you can handle that," said Sandy Kennedy, parent.

    NBC10's Deanna Durante says parents were surprised when the letter arrived notifying them of the policy, that would allow the school to remove clothing or examine beneath clothing in rare incidents where there's a high level of danger.

    "What about metal detectors, isn't that an option?" Parent Mark Kuhns suggests.

    A school official tells NBC10's Durante that the policy change was recommended by school attorneys and would only be used in extreme cases where student or staff safety is at risk.

    The policy says that privacy would be required and would only allow someone of the same gender to conduct the search.

    Palisades' Superintendent tells NBC10 that all district policies are under review and some could be changed.


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