Wake County Schools

Parents demand apology after drug search at Raleigh middle school

Posted October 29, 2014

— A group of Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School parents are demanding an apology from the Wake County Public School System after their children were searched for drugs – and they weren’t notified by the school.

Two of the students searched said they were called into the school office on Friday, separated and searched.

“They said that they were looking for something and I was like, ‘can you'll tell me what it is,’ and they said no, and that's when they just searched me,” said Kiala Golden, 14. “They made me take off my shoes, jacket and made me empty my purse.”

Both Kiala and Jahnna Brimo, 13, said the incident left them shaken and scared because they didn’t know why they were singled out.

“They told me they had already checked my locker and I said, ‘ok,’” Jahnna said. “They were like ‘we didn't find anything,’ and I was like ‘you're not going to find anything,’ and then they were like ‘we're going to have to check your bags.’”

District officials said a school resource officer suspected the students had marijuana. No drugs were found and none of the students were physically searched, the district said.

Wake schools' search and seizure policy, in part, says “school authorities may search a student's person or personal effects when they have reasonable suspicion to believe that the student is in possession of illegal or unauthorized materials.”

Under the policy, parents are not required to be notified of a search, but Jahnna's parents were.

Since no drugs were found, the parents of the involved students said they want an apology and accountability from either the school or the district.


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  • Anonymously Anonymous Nov 7, 2014

    I go to this school, and out all the people in this school they could have checked, they checked the wrong kids. There are kids in 8th grade that actually have and do drugs. A lot kids in 8th grade talk about it all the time. Just saying.

  • Garnerwolf1 Oct 30, 2014

    I really don't understand the thought processes of some of you here? Since nothing was found, that means the SRO was wrong in searching?! That's beyond ludicrous! And nothing has been said about getting searched everyday. Again, what if the school had been told there was a bomb? Should they not search because it might hurt lil Susie's feelings? Or wait until everybody and their brother is notified? And if none was found, then the SRO and the school was wrong!? I realize that drugs and a bomb are not the same thing, but it's the same thought process. No wonder this nation is in the shape it's in.

  • Sheila Moore Oct 30, 2014
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    Apology? They are kidding, right? I'm not sure of the circumstances, but if there was a reasonable suspicion and they followed procedures, no one owes anyone anything

  • Larry Wiandt Oct 30, 2014
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    So you won't mind getting searched every day while at work.

  • 678devilish Oct 30, 2014

    Parents may never get the apology they think they deserve. Instead why don't they take all this energy and do something in memory of their son. That would nice if they could do that instead of harping on an apology. He is gone nd God knows who who is calling. Age is never a factor on who God is calling. That is why we live our life for today for tomorrow is never promise to anyone.

  • ericbest628 Oct 30, 2014

    Education is the key. Even if you know that you have not done anything wrong, you have the right to ask intelligent questions. And these questions should be answered. The locker search is one thing but the minute they were asked to make available any other personal items for searching the parents should have been notified for permission. These are minors and they have rights which should require extra caution and protection. An apology is needed because the SRO went too far. And how can you even claim that the SRO is keeping the school safe when nothing was found?!!

    That's just like the police searching me because of a recent bank robbery when I bank online. It's wasted time, money and effort. It's also a poor job of detective work. Just like the innocent men and women who are in prison when the real criminal is still in the streets! Who is the police helping in those incidents?
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had it right, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

  • Forthe Newssite Oct 30, 2014
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    School is NOT at fault here, guessing there's a bunch more to this story but momma just jumping on the 'not my kid' bandwagon!

    Parents want an accountability.......you kid goes to school there .......there ya go.

  • arfamr1010 Oct 30, 2014

    apology for what? Making sure the school is a drug-free learning environment. Get outta here man!!

  • Doug Pawlak Oct 30, 2014
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    They can also search the lockers as it's school property also. The law states that you must have "probable cause" (reasonable suspicion is basically the same thing) to search personal effects. I don't know why the school officer thought that they had drugs on them. I gues it depends on that as to whether the search was justified. A quick "sorry" should probably have been offered.

  • Rod Runner Oct 30, 2014
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    And I work at a very well paying job and no one gets drug tested, and they'd never search our cars or our purses.

    They can search the desk all they want since it is their property in their building, but the other stuff... huh?

    Why would you let them do that? Even if you believe you are doing nothing wrong, you never know how they are going to react to something they find.