If you found out your 5-year-old had been "strip searched" at school without your permission, no doubt you would be livid. Probably angry enough to sue. And one mom is. Mother Brandy Madden was horrified to find out that the school's nurse had strip searched her daughter without telling her and has filed a lawsuit citing "emotional distress and suffering, humiliation, and embarrassment" and is asking the school to pay for all past and future medical bills for her daughter. There's just one problem. Her daughter totally needed to be strip searched!
The little girl was reportedly born with congenital herpes, which is passed along from mother to baby during birth or sometimes even before, and the school had to check for lesions, which can be contagious. Additionally, the special needs girl wore a diaper and could not "self-toilet" and needed to be changed.
The mom knew all of this before she enrolled the girl in school -- she even told the school how to check for lesions -- and yet she still expected to be called every single time they had to do it?
Okay, perhaps the school could have taken more precautions. Perhaps they should have made sure the mom knew each and every time they diapered the girl or checked her for lesions or treated her lesions -- but c'mon, the mom KNEW this was the care the girl required. She found a school willing to give this care. And then she turns around and sues them?
There are disabled people in care homes all the country over who are regularly "strip searched" for diaper changes, checking for bed sores and other skin issues, and hygiene, and family members are not called every time it happens. Of course, those are adults, so this situation is a bit different, but if you wanted to know each and every time you kid had her diaper changed or lesions checked, then you should have made that abundantly clear.
This lawsuit just smacks of being an opportunist. Since the girl was not molested, and I very much doubt that either she or her mom were "humiliated and embarrassed" to the point of needing cash to soothe their humiliation, an apology and a direction on how to proceed would have been sufficient.
Instead, mom is seeing an opportunity to saddle the school with all of this child's medical bills, past and future. Insane.
Do you agree with the mom?
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