Scott v. San Bernardino 9th CIR (10SEP2018)

Scott v. San Bernardino 9th CIR (10SEP2018)

Scott, Santana, and Hall  v. San Bernardino County, Ortiz, Thomas and Etiwanda School District.

This case is an unfortunate example of what happens when a middle school assistant principal teams up with a school resource officer to implement their own version of “Scared Straight?”  Well, that is exactly what happened in this case.  A school resource officer arrested, handcuffed, and transported three middle school girls without probable cause to “prove a point.”  The point they proved is probably not the one they intended.  Public school officials, including assistant principals and resource officers, can be held liable for Fourth Amendment violations.

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