Elementary students forced into partial strip search to check undies for feces; parents fight about punishment

A Texas elementary school is coming under fire after forcing its students to participate in an impromptu partial strip search.

On Monday officials at Gustine Elementary forced about two dozen students to lower their pants to be checked because feces was found on the gym floor, and its wasn’t the first time it happened.

“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” Eliza Medina, 11, told WFAA. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”

Maria Medina, Eliza’s mother told WFAA that boys and girls were brought into separate rooms and made to lower their pants.

“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.”

Gustine Independent School District Superintendent Ken Baugh agreed the inspections went too far.

“That’s not appropriate, and we do not condone that,” he told WFAA.

At an informal board meeting Thursday the elder Medina expressed her frustration to the crowd.

“This town is more concerned about the image of Gustine, and about the adults and their jobs than they are about the children,” she said.

But at least one woman said she thinks forgiveness is called for.

“Was it wrong? Probably so,” parent Michele Limmer said. “Should they be forgiven? Yes. Should they be hung by the rafters? No.”

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