School Subjects Little Kids to Strip Search Over Poop

There is so much wrong with this story that it's hard to know exactly where to begin. Maybe at the bottom of things? Sorry, this is no time for puns, because as a parent of two elementary school kids, I'm appalled at what happened to a group of kids down in Gustine, Texas. About two dozen kids were forced to pull down their underpants to be inspected "to see if they could find anything."


Apparently the small town school about 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth has been experiencing some problems with someone pooping on the gym floor. Yes, of course that's disgusting, but how the school choose to deal with it is equally disturbing.

Eleven-year-old Eliza Medina, who had her panties inspected for "evidence," said, "I felt uncomfortable, and I didn't want to do it ... I felt like they violated my privacy."

Of course she felt like they violated her privacy -- they did! Her mother, Maria Medina, said they split the boys and girls into separate rooms and were then instructed to "pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything."

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Maria doesn't believe that conducting a partial "strip search" of the entire group of students is an appropriate way to deal with the problem. "I was furious ... I mean, I was furious," she said. "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."

Eliza said that she was overruled when she tried to protest. "I said I didn't want to," she shared. "But I was told I had to because all the kids had to."

I'm sorry, what? Elementary kids were forced to pull down their underpants because one of their classmates (who obviously needs help of some sort, by the way -- public defecation at this age is far from normal) pooped on the floor?

Gustine Independent School District superintendent Ken Baugh said that while he does not condone what happened, his understanding was that students were asked to "lower their pants just a little."

Eliza said it was more like "to where your butt is."

Who cares? It is never appropriate for an educator to ask to see down a student's underwear! Unless it's an extremely disabled student in need of diaper changes, this is so not cool.

And besides ... just because a kid pooped in the gym doesn't mean there's going to be any "evidence" left in their underwear. Likewise, some kids aren't exactly great at wiping. Do they really need to be embarrassed or get in trouble for their skid-marks? I think no.

Parents are planning to attend a school board meeting on Thursday night, where Superintendent Baugh will no doubt get an earful. "Maybe we can find a much better way to solve this," he said. You think?

How angry would you be if this happened to your kid?


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