• Fri, Dec 14 2012

Out Of Her F*cking Mind Assistant Principal Actually Strip Searches A 10-Year-Old

shutterstock_2152476Just your average day at elementary school. Ten-year-old is accused of stealing $20 from a classmate. He says he didn’t do it. Teacher doesn’t believe him and sends him to the assistant principal. Crazy assistant principal strip searches him.

Um, what?

Assistant principal Teresa Holmes, led accused 10-year-old into the bathroom and ordered him to strip down to his boxers and undershirt. There was also a male janitor present. Once he stripped down, she ran her fingers along the inside of the waistband of his boxers. She also lifted his undershirt and searched his bare torso. When she found nothing, she gave him a hug and told him he was free to go. The $20 bill was later found on the floor in the cafeteria.

When the boy’s mother, Clarinda Cox, returned home that day, she found her son waiting outside for her, which she described as “unusual.” He quickly reported, “she made me take my clothes off,” a Fox News report says.

“School officials often don’t know the law,” Whitehead told FoxNews.com. “The average school teacher or principal has a huge question mark when it comes to this. And there’s sort of this mentality that all kids are dangerous today, that they need to be watched carefully. What you’re talking about here was a $20 bill, not a gun or a knife.”

The unreasonable search and seizure has “traumatized” the boy, Whitehead said.

The parents are suing the school district, “alleging a violation of the boy’s constitutional protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.” I don’t usually jump on the litigation bandwagon, but in this case I am totally behind them. What right does a school official have to strip search a student? Kids are citizens too, right? I totally agree that this is a violation of the boy’s constitutional protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

If this case helps continue a precedent that protects our children from being treated like criminals in their own schools, I happily support it. Fox News cites a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court case —Safford Unified School District v. Redding — “which held that school officials did not have the authority to strip-search 13-year-old Savana Redding without evidence that the contraband allegedly in the honor student’s possession posed a danger.” School officials violated this precedent, and should be held accountable.

Also, strip searching 10-year-olds? Just, no.

(photo: Matty Symon/ Shutterstock.com)

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  • Angela

    Beyond inexcusable. I can understand looking through his backpack and desk. Even having him turn out his pockets and take off his shoes if there was valid reason to believe he was the culprit. Anything beyond that should be handled by the police, but obviously only for something potentially dangerous or extremely valuable. Twenty dollars obviously does not warrant a police investigation. Yeah, that means that if he really had been hiding the money in his underwear he may have gotten away with it but better that than violate and traumatize him. If the school’s concerned because the kid has a history of stealing or other behavioral problems then contact the parents and refer him to the school psychologist. Yeah it sucks for the kid who’s out $20 but it probably wasn’t the best judgement on his part to be carrying his cash to and from school to begin with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alicia.kiner Alicia Kiner

    Why on God’s green earth did this woman think that a strip search on a 10 year old child was the appropriate response??? I can kind of understand a bit of a pat down if there is suspicion to having a weapon. But there is absolutely no reason a child should be forced to remove clothing at school. NONE. And if she was going that far, why didn’t she call the parents?? At least let them be present. And I’m sorry, but the janitor just doesn’t cut it as a witness. Beyond the lawsuit, this administrator should be fired. PERIOD

  • Faye

    Oh my gosh, that poor boy. I think that the worst part (most damaging mentally) is that she hugged him afterwards. A grown woman stripped him down, checked the waist band of his underpants with her hands (!!!) and then hugged him when he got dressed again. Oh, and a grown man was watching. God knows what kinds of crazy associations are being made in this poor boy’s head. I really hope he at least meets with a child therapist to make sure that this violation is put in proper perspective for this kid.

  • Kayla

    What is wrong with this woman that she thought this was a good/appropriate idea?! I really don’t understand people who do things like this.

  • bumbler

    Something similar happened to my older brother. My mom didn’t sue the school, but she did go POSTAL on the principal. I can understand suing the school, but it’s even more important for a parent to stand up for their child, and let the perpetrator know that such inappropriate things will NOT be happening again. I remember it made me feel really good to know that my mom wouldn’t tolerate anyone harming us, even if they were an authority figure at our school. Because of that, I was able to feel safe returning to the school. You can bet the principal steered clear of our family from then on :)

  • Fabel

    “School officials often don’t know the law…”

    Umm, I don’t really think one needs to have that much of an understanding of law in order to realize that a strip-search is an unreasonable course of action to take in this instance. Wtf.

  • http://www.facebook.com/squashbuckler Michael Whittenburg

    And if the kid had $20? What exactly would that prove? Did the kid who lost his money have the serial number written down somewhere? Is $20 on a ten year old suspicious? Is it against the rules? If so, how did they punish the kid who lost the money in the first place?