An eight-year-old Colorado boy was strip-searched at school for signs of abuse, in response to an unnamed, unsubstantiated complaint. A teacher and a vice principal at the Odea Elementary School in Fort Collins took the child into an office and pulled down his trousers and underwear in search of bruises, scratches or scars. The outraged parents have no criminal record and have not been contacted by social services. Fort Collins police confirm that social services did not request the search.
Administrators at a high school in Springfield, Virginia persuaded students to forge their parents' signatures to get federal funds. About 20 students signed forms disclosing information such as whether a student lives on a military base or other federal property. School districts are reimbursed for the education of these children. One of the 47 students involved told a local newspaper that school officials gave them two choices - "fill out the forms or 're-fuse' and be dealt with." Administrators explained that students were to have turned in the signed forms three months earlier. School officials are not expected to face criminal charges.
A Colorado high school student faces felony charges over an unloaded BB gun. Officials at Legacy High School in Broomfield searched the student's car without permission because it was parked in a lot not designated for student parking. The boy told police that he used the gun for target shooting and forgot to remove it from the car. He faces a juvenile court appearance that could result in punishments ranging from several years in a locked-down juvenile correctional facility to a deferred sentence with probation. School officials will also take disciplinary action, possibly including expulsion.
Mississippi public schools will display "In God We Trust." A new law signed by Gov. Musgrove took effect in March which requires schools to display the national motto in classrooms, cafeterias and auditoriums. The ACLU is threatening a lawsuit.