A strip search of a student for drugs, even though it was conducted by her mother at the behest of school officials, was not supported by reasonable suspicion, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the search of student Kelly Phaneuf at a high school in Plainville, Conn., was not “justified at its inception” under the Fourth Amendment and it reinstated the civil rights action of Phaneuf v. Fraikin, 04-4783-cv.

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