January 30, 2009
SHELTON, Conn. - Shelton police and state prosecutors say no crime was committed when teachers at the Pine Academy school strip-searched four students last month.
Shelton police say they have finished their investigation.
A lawyer for the four teenage students, Robert Berke, says he won't challenge the police findings, but he plans to file a lawsuit alleging unreasonable searches.
Berke says school Principal Patricia Nicolari ordered the searches on Dec. 2 after a teacher reported $70 missing. He says two male teachers searched the students, making them strip down to their underwear, but the missing cash wasn't found.
The principal and the two teachers were placed on administrative leave after the incident. It's not clear whether they're back on the job.