The case began in the first week of the 2009 school year. The three girls, Holleigh Jo Jacobsen, Griffin Ferguson, and Paige Brianna Lank, were ordered to submit to a strip search by school authorities. Assistant Principal Paul Croghan ordered the girls strip-searched after being informed by the high school gym teacher that another student was missing $100 from her purse. No money was found in the search.
State education officials stated that Iowa law clearly prohibits school officials from strip-searching students.
The suit was filed in May 2010, claiming violation of the students’ constitutional rights. After an August 2011 mediation meeting, the three families agreed to settle for $100,000 each. See: Jacobsen v. Croghan, U.S.D.C. (D. Iowa), Case No. 1:10-cv-00020-TJS.
Source: The Des Moines Register
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