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Justices Hear School Strip-search Arguments

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Associated Press: An Arizona teenager's lawyer told the Supreme Court Tuesday that school officials were out of bounds when they ordered the student to remove her clothes during a search for the equivalent of two Advils.

Savana Redding was 13 years old when Safford Middle School officials searched her for prescription-strength ibuprofen pills.

School officials argue that the search was reasonable and justified because pills had been found on campus and another student had linked them to Redding. But Redding's lawyers say school officials violated the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches.

Redding is now a 19-year-old college freshman living in her hometown of Safford in rural eastern Arizona.

The Supreme Court will also issue opinions Tuesday.

A 1985 Supreme Court decision that dealt with searching a student's purse has found that school officials need only reasonable suspicions, not probable cause. But the court also warned against a search that is "excessively intrusive."

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