No strip searches in Quebec schools independent report concludes


Global News

QUEBEC CITY — An independent report has concluded high schools in Quebec should never strip search their students.

Former Crown prosecutor Fabienne Bouchard was asked by the province to review circumstances surrounding the search of a 15-year-old from Quebec City suspected of carrying drugs.

READ MORE: Did a school strip search violate a Quebec student’s civil rights?

The incident led to the resignation of Quebec’s Education Minister Yves Bolduc.

Last February, Yves Bolduc said strip searches in schools were fine, as long as they were done “respectfully.”

The teenager’s family complained she had been humiliated and quickly hired a lawyer. News of the case travelled the world over, with the minister accused of lacking judgement.

READ MOREQuebec’s education minister alters position on school strip-searches

Bolduc’s replacement, François Blais, released an independent report into the incident on Wednesday.

The report recommends that Quebec schools stop doing strip searches…

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