A small school in northern Texas is under investigation by its superintendent after 20 students were apparently forced to drop their pants so that staff could inspect their underwear.
The students at Gustine Elementary in Gustine, Texas, were subjected to partial strip searches Monday after staff repeatedly found feces on the floor of the school gym. Boys were taken to one room and girls to another, and then they were ordered “to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything,” Maria Medina, a mother of one of the children, told ABC-affiliated WFAA 8. Her daughter, Eliza, was searched.
The school has defended itself, acknowledging that school strip searches are a bad idea, but saying that students were only requested to lower their pants a small amount. Eliza Medina, however, says it went far enough to be objectionable.
“Like… to where your butt is,” she said.
Her mom says that any level of pants-dropping is unacceptable, and wants people to lose their jobs to make that point if necessary.
“If you can’t do your job or you don’t know what you’re doing, you need to be fired. You shouldn’t be here,” she said.
Several parents are apparently planning to attend a school board meeting on Thursday to protest what happened.