An Elementary School demanded that students drop their pants to have their underwear searched for tell-tale excrement.
I know working in a school can be tough and frustrating. But you have to deal with it in a human way that shows you respect other human beings. The children are not your chattel property.
Here is what happened at the elementary school in Gustine, Texas:
According to Fox 8, a group of boys and girls were divided up into two rooms according to their sex. Then each group was told to drop their pants enough to have their underwear inspected for feces.
“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” said 11-year-old Eliza Medina. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”
She was one of about two dozen elementary students who were rounded up in the small town 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Eliza’s mother, Maria Medina, said boys were taken to one room, girls to another, and they were ordered “to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.”
Eliza’s mom explained that educators “have been finding poop on the gym floor.” She can imagine the frustration, but said even for feces on the floor you don’t partially strip search a group of students to find the culprit.
“I was furious… I mean, I was furious,” Medina 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 she tried to protest.
“I said I didn’t want to, but I was told I had to because all the kids had to,” she said.
I realize the teachers or administrators were desperate. I’m sorry they lost their minds over this problem. But they have plainly committed a crime against these children. Training eleven-year-olds that they must drop their pants and expose their posteriors on the say-so of authority figures is a far more dangerous practice than the problem they were dealing with. Furthermore, those children are not their prisoners or their property. They are simply not authorized to treat them that way.
But [school superintendent] Baugh said early into the investigation, his understanding is that the children were told to lower their pants just a little.
Eliza Medina insists it was more than that.
“Like… to where your butt is,” is how she put it.
And her mother contends that even if it were just a little (which she doesn’t think it was), having kids line up and expose their underwear for inspection is simply unacceptable.
Baugh pretends there will be a way to resolve the issue. “Maybe we can find a much better way to solve this.”
Sure we can. Immediately end compulsory attendance laws, allow the schools to get their funding directly from the parents as tuition fees. If schools know they have to attract parents as customers, they won’t mistreat their children. And parents will see they have options as to where they send their children.