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NC High Court To Hear Case Of School Bra Search

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File photo of a woman being searched near her bra, in this instance by the TSA. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

File photo of a woman being searched near her bra, in this instance by the TSA. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — The case of a teenager who had to untuck her shirt and pull out her bra with her thumb as part of a search for pills at an alternative school in North Carolina is headed to the state Supreme Court.

The court’s decision could determine how constitutional provisions against unreasonable search and seizure apply to all public school students.

Justices will hear the case, which has sparked a debate about respecting privacy while promoting vigilance against student drug use, Monday.

The case comes from the state Court of Appeals, which ruled 2-1 last year that the search at Brunswick County Academy in November 2008 was “demeaning and highly intrusive.”

Attorney Geeta Kapur represents the student, who was 15 at the time. She believes the court’s ruling will apply to all public school students, about 1.5 million of them, and not just those in alternative schools.

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