Milton Hershey School strip searches student claiming she ‘does not have constitutional rights’

Hershey's schoolA quest for a supposedly hidden cell phone, via strip-search of a student at the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania, has resulted instead in a lawsuit seeking $75,000, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, costs, and injunctive relief.

The free private school for underprivileged kids, a gift from the founder of the chocolate empire more than a century ago, conducted a strip-search on a student last year, identified only as “C.W.” Administrators explained to her that they were able to do so, because “she does not have constitutional rights since she is in a private school, and they are backed up by the Derry County Police Department,” Infowars reported.

The nurse removed C.W.’s shirt and according to the victim, “touched her all over her body – including her chest- feeling for a smartphone,” leaving her “feeling violated, visibly upset, crying, and shaken,” according to the mother, Trina Howze.

No phone was found, which the school considers contraband, and the lawsuit contends that school officials were “malicious, intentional, and displayed with a reckless indifference to the rights, safety and well-being of the Plaintiffs.” The suit further alleges the strip-search was conducted without Ms. Howze’s knowledge or presence, violating the child’s Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments rights.

A Hershey School spokesperson said in reaction to the Federal Court filing that they had not yet read the papers, but that “we take their privacy rights very seriously.”

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25 thoughts on “Milton Hershey School strip searches student claiming she ‘does not have constitutional rights’

  1. Thomas Burkhart says:

    Welcome to the village pillage.

  2. Arden Hale says:

    Deport whoever did this and send them to Russia where they right belong. They abdicated their own Constitutional rights when they violated hers.

  3. Allen Runyon says:

    If it had been my daughter, a law suit would be the least of their worries.

  4. Eric G says:

    So according to the school’s logic, any private business can violate a patron’s constitutional rights since the girl was “in” a private school (which in fairness should be inclusive of all entities deemed private). What exactly do they mean by “in a private school”? I guess it depends what your definition of in is.

  5. LMW51 says:

    Our schools have neglected to accurately teach the Constitution and the Bill of the Rights to our students for approximately 25 – 30 years now; what we are seeing now are the adults who are products of this movement away from American history and exceptionalism teaching in our schools and over-stepping. From a Principle who banned all language but English in her public school to a private school nurse strip searching a student, we are now living in the reality that our education system has produced.

    1. Guest says:

      That is because the votes have failed to elect good people to office. The “lesser of 2 evils” voting mentality that people have had for decades. Is to blame for the state of the Country.

    2. wwj745 says:

      That is because the voters have failed to elect good people to office.
      The “lesser of 2 evils” voting mentality that people have had for
      decades. Is to blame for the state of the Country.

  6. billwhit1357 says:

    This happens to one of my daughters, whoever did it had better go into hiding! I will find you and then you will be out a load of money on hospital bills!

  7. southernmom169 says:

    I would OWN that school once I was done suing them…and NONE of them would have their jobs!!! I would file charges for child molestation!!! Have them put in jail!!!

  8. Grayson says:

    School get ready to lose your lawsuit….it would be better to settle now.

  9. Aaron Barnes says:

    well if that was my sister she would have given some blackeyes before the search was done,

  10. Al Egro says:

    In fact, Darwin’s concept of biological evolution was preceded by theories of cultural evolution that identified the relationship between Sanskrit and the Greek language.

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