A Thoughtless Experiment


Officials in Gilbert, Arizona, have paid $37,500 to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of Kelly Shea. Shea was a student at Gilbert High School in 2008, where a police officer pulled her out of class and accused her of stealing an iPod. The officer then searched her backpack without permission. When Shea began to cry, the officer finally told her it was all just a part of an experiment designed by one of the teachers to see if boys and girls react differently to false accusations.