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Strip-searches in Quebec schools to require police presence

05/13/2015 09:07 EDT | Updated 05/13/2016 05:59 EDT
The Quebec government will release a report today, which is expected to require a police presence during school strip-searches, according to Radio-Canada.

The report is expected to be released at 3:30 p.m. today, after an investigation into the practice.

According to CBC News' French service, the report points to problems in how school board officials are searching students and recommends it's better to conduct strip-searches with police present.

The investigation stems from a controversy that emerged in February after a 15-year-old girl was strip-searched at her Quebec City school, because staff believed she was trafficking drugs. No drugs were found.

​The teenager said she felt humiliated, and claimed she was not allowed to call her mother before the search. Staff at Neufchâtel High School denied that accusation.

The ensuing controversy ended up costing former education minister Yves Bolduc his job.

At the time, Bolduc defended the practice of strip searching, saying it's within the rules as long as it's carried out in a respectful manner.

Newly-appointed Education Minister François Blais ordered the investigation, which was led by Fabienne Bouchard, a former crown prosecutor with 12 years' experience in youth court.

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