Thursday, January 23, 2014

Maryland school system sued for overreaching "zero tolerance" in searching lacrosse players' routine tools

A case of overzealous discipline by school officials on the Maryland eastern shore has moved into federal court, as the families of former high school lacrosse players Casey Edsall and Graham Dennis sue the Talbot County School Board (county seat is Easton) for violating the students’ civil rights to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.
    
In 2011, school officials boarded a lacrosse team bus looking for alcohol and made an unprovoked seizure of a small knife and lighter used to maintain lacrosse equipment.
    
The Maryland State Board of Education ruled in favor of the boys in 2012 and expunged their records, but college plans have been seriously compromised by having to report the incident in the meantime.
  
It sounds rather incredible that the coaching staff and school system would not have agreed on what tools could be lawfully used to maintain athletic equipment on school property, and that students would be caught in the middle.
    
The story by Donna St. George ran in the Washington Post Wednesday January 22, 2014 in the Metro Section, link here. 

Update: May 3

Picture of the school (personal day trip): 
Scene from dowatown Easton, nearby. 

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