An elementary school in Gustine, Texas has been accused of forcing its students to pull their pants down for an inspection after feces was found on the gym floor.
Almost two dozen students at the schools were forced to pull their pants down for an inspection of their underwear by school officials.
“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” 11-year-old Eliza Medina of the Gustine Independent School District told WFAA. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”
Eliza’s mother, Maria Medina, said the boys were placed in one room and girls in another. Each group was told “to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.”
Medina went on to say that educators “have been finding poop on the gym floor.” While she can empathize with the frustration that must be felt, she did not condone the partial strip search that was the reaction, writes Jason Wheeler for WFAA.
“I was furious … I mean, I was furious,” Medina told WFAA. “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.”
An investigation is ongoing concerning the situation, said Gustine Independent School District Superintendent Ken Baugh, who agreed that asking students to pull their pants down was taking the situation too far. “That’s not appropriate, and we do not condone that. So you would take disciplinary action,” Baugh told WFAA. He added that he had heard the students were asked to pull their pants down just a little.
According to Eliza, they had to pull their pants down to their bottoms.
Some of the children tried to protest the request, including Eliza. “I said I didn’t want to, but I was told I had to because all the kids had to,” Eliza told WFAA.
Her mother said that no matter how far the children were asked to pull their pants down, the actions taken by educators at the school were simply unacceptable.
Baugh expects to have heard from all parties and to have completed the investigation this week.
It is expected that parents who are furious over the matter will attend the upcoming school board meeting in an effort to find someone to hold accountable. They say the school took the matter too far. “Maybe we can find a much better way to solve this,” Superintendent Baugh said.