School strip searches 10-year-old boy over ‘missing’ $20 bill

A North Carolina elementary school is apparently receiving a lot of complaints over one of its latest actions: strip searching.  According to a report from CBS Charlotte, what happened was that a teacher was searching for a missing $20 bill and the fifth-grader was accused of having the bill.

Instead of notifying the child’s parents, giving him its democratic rights and allowing him to explain himself, the school decided to strip search the pupil and cause embarrassment and a violations of his civil liberties (don’t you just love school officials?)

The school said that it had “regretted” the decision, but still maintained the position that it had the right to do so.  Interesting…

“Any staff member who has ever worked with me knows that I care for my students and that even when I have to discipline them, I love them,” said assistant principal Teresa Holmes, who ordered Justin Cox to remove his pants, shirt, shoes and socks.

“I was furious,” said Clarinda Cox, the boy’s mother.  “If I felt he needed to be searched, I would have brought him into the bathroom.  “You could have had a witness in the bathroom with me. I would have searched my son.”

Here is the link to the entire CBS story.

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