My 14 year old aspergers son found a stress ball at school ..by the end of the day he had tied a rubber band around it and was swinging it while waiting for the buses outside for the kids to go home (this is a BOCES school or an alternative school not the district of where we live school ) The woman principal seen him swinging it and ask him to hand it over .He didnt want to hand it over and put it inside the back of his shorts . She physically went into the back of his shorts to retrieve it . Is this legal ?
While more information is needed, it would seem that what she did was legal. They have considerable latitude and are charged with ensuring a safe environment for all students. It is likely that she saw the swinging ball as a safety concern. Therefore, while frustrating, I see it as "legal" (and without a cause of action for a private suit). Even if it was actionable, you would have to show damages.
Perhaps you should ask for a meeting to discuss the matter with her. As a parent to a special needs child, who, among other things, is on "the spectrum," I have had to sit down with the principal and discuss matters of concern. Please see an attorney if you think the matter's severity warrants same, but, if not, you might find what you need via scheduling a meeting.
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I agree with my colleague above. Questionable invasion of privacy at best, with no actual damages.
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