Guy Iversen, a 22-year federal public defender and the father of two sons at La Cañada High who were subject to that search, spoke to the board about last year's search.
""Technically, if you don't have justification, that's a kidnapping," Iversen said. "The physical aspertation of a person against their will without justification is a kidnapping."
Iversen contends that the district infringed on student's rights during last year's search.
"When they were separated from their personal belongings against their will — without reasonable suspicion — their constitutional rights were violated," Iversen said.
Iversen said he's been in negotiations with the district for the past three months regarding a potential lawsuit. He said he's happy to work with the district, but he wants three things: He wants remedial sanctions, a written letter of apology to his sons and to be allowed to address La Cañada High's students in an assembly to educate them about their rights.
"If they don't give that to me, I do have a potential lawsuit," Iversen said. "I told them, 'Give me these three things and I'll waive, but I'm not going away without them.'"
"If I was litigious, I would have filed a lawsuit 14 months ago," Iversen said.
"We were made aware those practices weren't legal," said Wendy Sinnette, LCUSD's assistant superintendent of human resources. "This is one of the reasons we're making these revisions."
There were four main changes proposed for the school policy, but these were not accepted for the board's consideration because of concerns about the way they were written.