Ex-Citadel cadet says she was strip-searched

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:52 AM
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CHARLESTON, S.C. — A female cadet who has withdrawn from The Citadel has filed a complaint that she was strip-searched in her dorm.

The cadet went to campus police Monday and said the search occurred Friday after she had returned to her room from parade formation.

The woman said a colonel came in and asked her about a smell. A male cadet with the colonel suggested searching her.

The males stepped out and a roommate passed the cadet’s jacket out to be examined. The colonel then said her pants needed to be checked.

She took off her pants. The men stepped out while a female cadet checked her underwear.

The colonel said no problems were found.

Vice President for External Affairs Jeffrey Perez said the school is reviewing the woman’s allegation.

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jmo
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jmo 03/13/13 - 08:18 am
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There's got to be......

more to this story.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/13/13 - 08:41 am
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Smell

They needed to check her underwear for a smell?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/13/13 - 12:28 pm
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Hmmm... I don't think this

Hmmm... I don't think this was a strip search in the traditional inference.

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Fiat_Lux 03/13/13 - 02:02 pm
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Nevertheless

searching her pockets and having a female faculty or staff officer pat her down should have been about the limit without something more than "a smell" to go on.

I'd sue the heck out of them, including every single one of the people involved. This is a school, for Pete's sake, not the armed forces. Even soldiers have rights that prevent such apparently capricious inappropriate behavior.

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dichotomy 03/13/13 - 02:36 pm
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Whatever the whole story is,

Whatever the whole story is, I would not call this a strip search. I've been strip searched and this is not what comes to mind when I think of the term strip search. Methinks she is being a bit dramatic.

What I think of when you say strip search means that after it's over you feel a need to have a cigarette.

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lifelongresident 03/13/13 - 03:17 pm
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wah..wah..wah...mommey i want
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wah..wah..wah...mommey i want to play with boys....she goes off to a (used to be an all male academy) and when they play a prank on her she then starts whinning and complaining, the article did not indicate any type of sexual contact nor did it indicate they watched her undress....political correctness again...since she want to play army, what does she think will happen to her if she is captured by the enemy (especially muslim solders)..i guess she thinks that by "strenuously objecting" they will not rape or sexually assault her...yaeh i am sure that's what she is thinking....

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rmwhitley 03/13/13 - 06:11 pm
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I wonder
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if the Citadel has ever strip searched a male cadet? If you choose to be treated as a peer, you must abide by the same rules. I'm certain there are no all-female colleges in America! Hmmmmmm.

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dstewartsr 03/13/13 - 08:16 pm
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I smell a lawsuit.

This was NOT a strip search; the woman and her lawyer deliberately mislabeled this incident to drum up sympathy. The mysterious racist notes under her door will, if past history demonstrates anything, turn out to be non-existent or self-manufactured.

Waiting for the Jesse and Al traveling show...

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Darby 03/13/13 - 10:12 pm
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"They needed to check...

her underwear for a smell?"
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No doubt looking for MaryJane.. Certainly not a "strip search" though.

Sounds no more invasive than what some of us have been through at Logan or JFK.

If she really feels violated then she will take the next step. If she doesn't then she will probably STILL take the next step if her lawyer thinks he can profit from it.

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paladin5 03/14/13 - 12:23 am
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Roomies Present......?????

Where the roommates searched too? The article reads in such a manner that roommates were present and could have been part of the "Smell".

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/14/13 - 11:20 pm
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I took it to mean that

I took it to mean that someone smelled a fragrance, which is probably prohibited in military school. They looked at all of her clothing to determine where the fragrance was coming from. JMHO.

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