(Atlantic) The Iowa Court of Appeals says Atlantic Community Schools does not have to release the details taken against two employees in the August 2009 strip-search incident.
In a 2-1 decision today, the three-member court rejected a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. They were seeking to learn the level of discipline taken against employees who strip-searched five female students in a locker room after another student reported that $100 was missing from her purse.
The court ruled that employee disciplinary records are exempt from Iowa’s public records law, and the Atlantic Community School District appropriately withheld that information from the public.
Judge J. Potterfield was the lone dissenting vote. He stated in his opinion that the records requested by the ACLU should be viewed as “Test Scores.” He says “like test scores, the records of disciplinary actions reveal the weighing of values employed by the public agency in addressing a situation in which identities and the factual context have already been disclosed.
The district has paid $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the families of three girls alleging they were improperly searched.
October 19, 2011