Oklahoma school principal sued over search of vape pen strips

Heartland Middle School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Screengrab via YouTube/KFOR)

The mother of an Oklahoma City middle school student has sued her daughter’s school for illegally strip-searching the student, which allegedly forced the child to lift her shirt, reveal her bra and face the principal and an uncovered window turn .

According to the complaint filed March 3 in Oklahoma state court, school officials suspected that the girl had in her possession a nicotine vape pen and then searched her per the director’s orders. No vape pen was found during the search and no search warrant was obtained prior to the search.

The girl, identified as “SW” in the court filing, claims through the filing that she was forced to “expose her stomach and the top of her boxers and turn around” in a room with an open window, which she closed the school suspended general access areas. Headteacher Veronica Johnson – who is also named as a defendant – oversaw the search and asked SW “what underwear she was wearing under her pants.” SW’s mother claims that Johnson “ordered SW to lift her shirt high enough so that [she] could see the underage child’s bra.”

Along with the principal, Edmond Public Schools and Heartland Middle School are named as defendants.

The lawsuit alleges willful infliction of emotional distress, negligence, violation of school policy, improper search and seizure under state and federal law, sexual assault and simple assault. The plaintiffs are seeking over $25,000 in damages, alleging that SW suffered “extreme emotional distress and hardship” as a result of the incident.

https://lawandcrime.com/education/oklahoma-principal-sued-over-illegal-vape-pen-strip-search-after-middle-schooler-says-she-was-ordered-to-show-her-bra-and-spin/ Oklahoma school principal sued over search of vape pen strips

Brian Ashcraft

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