Sheriff Sued After 900 Students Allegedly Groped During Fruitless Anti-Drug Crusade

A sheriff in the southern Georgia city of Sylvester is facing a federal lawsuit after a warrantless drug search he authorized in April resulted in the groping of around 900 high school students.

The suit, brought last week by the parents of students at the school on behalf of their children, aims to be recognized as a class action. It accuses the sheriff of privacy violations and unconstitutional search and seizure, in violation of the Fourth and 14th amendments.

The Southern Center for Human Rights, which filed the suit, said Sheriff Jeff Hobby and ?dozens? of deputies placed Worth County High School on lockdown for four hours on April 14. The officers then reportedly ordered students into the hallway, one classroom at a time. Boys were lined up on one side, girls on the other.

Students quoted in the complaint

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