An elementary school in Clinton, North Carolina says an assistant principal was within her legal rights when she stripped a 10-year-old boy down to his underwear because he had been accused of stealing $20.
Clarinda Cox told WRAL that her son, Justin, was forced to take off everything but his underwear and undershirt earlier this month after several students said he had stolen $20 from another student.
Justin insisted that he had picked up the money and given it back to the girl after she dropped it. The girl later said someone had stolen the money and several students pointed to Justin.
The boy recalled that Union Elementary School Assistant Principal Teresa Holmes took him into a bathroom and ordered him to take off his clothes.
“She didn’t ask me if she could, she told me, ‘Now I have to strip search you,’ ” Justin said.
Clarinda Cox stated if the North Carolina elementary school principal had called her, she would have come to the school and searched her son. The female assistant principal, Teresa Holmes strip searched the third grade student in a private room. After discovering Cox did not have the missing $20 tucked away somewhere on his body, she gave the student a hug. The money was later found near where it was initially lost, under a cafeteria table where the girl had been seated.
The third-grader’s mother is not satisfied with the North Carolina school district’s response and feels her son was violated during the strip search, according to her statements to WRAL News. inquisitr.com
Sampson County Schools spokesperson Susan Warren told WRAL that Holmes had not violated any rules because a male janitor was present for the search.
“She came up to him and rubbed her fingers around inside of his underwear,” Clarinda Cox explained. “If that isn’t excessively intrusive, I don’t know what is.”
strip search a 10 year old?!!!
I cant form a cohesive thought right now
I…they…look, I need an alibi & directions. No one’s going to die, but there will be brick therapy.
How’s a ten-year-old supposed to advocate for himself in this situation and make sure an adult doesn’t hurt him? Right, he can’t, which is why his mother should have been called so she could be there and advocate for him. This just makes me so mad.
But the school district says she didn’t break any rules because a male janitor was present. No, that just makes TWO adults who were there to frighten him instead of one.
And she wants a hug afterward? NO
I would help his mother hide the body if it came to that. I just… I need for folks to be arrested and lose the right to be within 100 ft of any school. I need that to happen to that woman.
The phrase that leapt out at me was “this wasn’t against the rules.” I don’t expect school districts to pay attention to everything that happens in the courts, but Safford v. Redding was reasonably big news when it was decided, and directly impacts how schools conduct themselves in matters such as this and lays out guidelines that this school didn’t follow. This isn’t rocket science.