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Safford Unified School District v. Redding

Docket No.: 08-479
Certiorari Granted: 1/16/2009
Argued: April 21, 2009
Decided: June 25, 2009

PartyNames: Safford Unified School District #1, et al. v. April Redding
Petitioner: Safford Unified School District #1, et al.
Respondent: April Redding

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Safford Unified School District #1, et al.
v.
April Redding
Question Presented:

1. Whether the Fourth Amendment prohibits public school officials from conducting a search of a student suspected of possessing and distributing a prescription drug on campus in violation of school policy.2. Whether the Ninth Circuit departed from established principles of qualified immunity in holding that a public school administrator may be liable in a damages lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 for conducting a search of a student suspected of possessing and distributing a prescription drug on campus.

Question:

1) Does the Fourth Amendment prohibit school officials from strip searching students suspected of possessing drugs in violation of school policy? 2) Are school officials individually liable for damages in a lawsuit filed under 42 U.S.C Section 1983?

Note:

EXPEDITED BRIEFING SCHEDULE.

Holding: affirmed in part, reversed in
Vote: 7-2
Opinion By:
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