At Worth County High School, about 900 Georgia students were groped during a drug sweep that was conducted by law enforcement officers. This drug sweep did not have a warrant and did not actually end up locating any drugs.
A human rights group has filed a lawsuit on behalf of these students regarding the incident which took place on April 14th. Approximately 40 police officers showed up at the school’s campus without giving any advance notice.
This sweep resulted in an abrupt pause in education, while students were ordered into hallways and were forced to stand spread eagle. The school was on lock down for four hours.
Officers were not gentle with the kids too. Many cupped the male students genitals and even went so far as to touch the female student’s vaginas.
They reached inside the bras of the female students and touched their bare breasts. students had their butts patted and some even had hands reaching into their underwear. Throughout this entire ordeal, absolutely no drugs were found.
There were no warrants for this search and no permission from either the parents or the school.
Parents were furious. Amaryllis Coleman told WALB that an officer reached below her daughter’s panty line during the search.. “The whole community is upset about this. Our children were violated and we’re banding together,” Coleman said. The county school board is upset, too. Tommy Coleman, the Worth County School Board attorney, told CNN that Hobby and deputies showed up with a target list of 13 suspects, but only three of those students were at school that day. “The egregious thing that happened was he didn’t search just those individuals but he searched every single student at the school,” Coleman said. “There was aggressive searches and touching of undergarments and breast and genitalia by deputies.”
Coleman said the superintendent and principal have spoken to some of the parents. “It’s been a matter of great public concern,” he said