Lawsuit claims drug search at Georgia high school violated students’ rights

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ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — A federal lawsuit says a search for drugs at a Georgia high school violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of students.

The lawsuit against Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby and more than two dozen deputies was filed Thursday by the Southern Center for Human Rights on behalf of nine young people who were students at Worth County High School during the search on April 14.

The lawsuit says the school was put on lockdown for four hours while deputies aggressively searched the students.

Hobby didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment Thursday afternoon.

The lawsuit says Hobby had a “target list” of 13 students suspected of having drugs, but only three were at school that day. The lawsuit says there was no basis to suspect any other students.

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