A school in Gustine, Texas, has come under intense criticism after it forced 11 year old students to undergo an underwear inspection after poop was found on the floor of the school gym.
Local ABC affiliate WFAA News reports that around two dozen elementary students were rounded up and made to partake in a partial strip search by teachers in an effort to identify the culprit.
The teachers are said to have separated the boys and girls into different rooms and, according to one parent, demanded that they “pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.”
Presumably teachers believed that they could punish whichever students had the dirtiest underwear.
“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” said 11-year-old Eliza Medina. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”
“I said I didn’t want to, but I was told I had to because all the kids had to,” the girl added, noting that she and the other students were ordered to lower their knickers “Like… to where your butt is.”
“I was furious… I mean, I was furious,” Medina’ mother Maria told reporters. “If you can’t do your job or you don’t know what you’re doing, you need to be fired. You do not need to be here.” she added.
When the School District Superintendent Ken Baugh got wind of the incident, he investigated, telling reporters “That’s not appropriate, and we do not condone that. So you would take disciplinary action.” Yet, Baugh still claims that the incident wasn’t as bad as is being made out, saying that the children were only asked to lower their underwear a little.
“Wrong is wrong,” Mrs Medina responded, noting that asking students to expose themselves in any fashion is beyond the pale.
Medina will be one of several parents attending a school board meeting on Thursday to protest the incident and demand strict disciplinary action against the offending teachers.
You know it’s gotten pretty bad in schools when the plot of a South Park episode is literally played out for real.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.