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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 22, 2009 at 4:00 PM

School strip searches

Unjustified actions

In the matter of a school searching a young girl down to her underwear, the school officials involved should be fired [“High court to weigh school strip searches,” News, April 19]. There is no justification for what those incompetents did. The girl’s parents should sue the daylight out of those losers.

— Walter Montgomery, Seattle

Embarrassing situations part of life

On Sunday, I read “High court to weigh school strip searches.” Now Monday, I found your editorial, “School went too far in searching student” [Opinion, editorial, April 20]. My first response was: What were you thinking? My second response was that there was no thinking involved at all.

I have to concede that an appeals-court ruling automatically makes something newsworthy, so I can’t fault your news judgment in running the strip-search piece on Sunday. But I am at a complete loss with respect to the editorial.

I have no doubt that “thirteen-year-olds do not want to change in front of each other for gym class.” I also do not doubt that thirteen-year-olds do not want to strip for an exam in a doctor’s office. But they need to learn to get over both. Occasional embarrassing or humiliating experiences are part of life. None of us likes them, but we all need to learn to deal with them.

Ulcers, dropping out of school and filing lawsuits are inappropriate responses. They are especially inappropriate when combined with the activities discussed in the interrogations piece [“Psychologists shaped interrogations,” News, April 19]. The logical conclusion of your line of thinking is that we should be waterboarding teenagers (not torture) and making terrorists turn out their underwear (torture).

— Patrick J. Russell, Seattle

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