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An allegation of drinking some spiked lemonade at Western Albemarle High School led to a 10th grade girl getting pulled out of class and forced to take an on-campus, police-administered breathalyzer test. With the test allegedly finding no trace of alcohol, a Charlottesville-based civil rights organization contends that the school trampled the student's Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches.
"That's not a good idea if you want to protect freedom," says John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute. "It's a good idea if you want a police state."
According to the Institute, the controversy began on March 10 when two unidentified students told a teacher that the sophomore was drinking alcohol. The teacher allegedly informed Associate Principal Greg Domecq, who observed the girl during lunch but allegedly told her father that she "seemed fine" with no indications of impairment.
What's not in dispute is that Domecq had the teen removed from class and taken to a room where an Albemarle police officer was waiting to administer the breathalyzer.
The Fourth Amendment requires a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. For underage drinking at school, that might include stumbling or slurred words, Whitehead suggests. Without probable cause, all students become suspects, says Whitehead whose organization has recently uncovered a spate of what it sees as zero-tolerance abuses, including...
Longtime Charlottesville Circuit Court Clerk Paul Garrett, 65, announces April 20 another run for the seat he's held since 1981, when he was appointed to fill the position until an election in November of that year. If re-elected, this would be his fourth full eight-year term.
The constitutional office pays $112,575, and so far, one other Dem has lined up to challenge him: Pam Melampy, a deputy clerk in the Albemarle County Circuit Court. The nomination will be determined at a firehouse primary August 20 at Burley Middle School.
Updated April 21.
Cruelest month: Storms April 16 knock down trees and power lines in Albemarle, cause two flooding deaths in Waynesboro, and a tornado cuts a four-mile swath through Stuarts Draft, while throughout the southeast, tornadoes kill 45 people, many in North Carolina.
Most heartrending rescue story: North Garden resident Chuck Worden saves nine-year-old Adrian Rowe from the flooded Waynesboro creek, and catches Rowe's mother, Tina Marie Allen, by the hair, but the strands slip through his fingers and she's swept away with Lacy Elizabeth Taylor, 8, in her arms. Tony Gonzalez has the story in the News Virginian.
Biggest local losses: Terence "Terry" Sieg, beer and wine distributor and former UVA football star, dies at age 69. Harry van Beek, 77, founder of Klöckner Pentaplast of America in Gordonsville and contributor to Klöckner Stadium, dies April 4.
Biggest inauguration: Teresa Sullivan is installed April 15 as UVA's first female president and eighth person to hold that title at Mr. Jefferson's U.
Biggest tuition hikes: The UVA Board of Visitors okays an 8.9 percent increase in undergraduate tuition, upping the cost to $36,570 for out-of-state students and...