- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A North Texas school district is investigating an incident earlier this week in which two dozen elementary school students were reportedly forced to pull their pants down to be inspected after feces were found on the gym floor.

Maria Medina is “furious” after she says her 11-year-old daughter, Eliza, and more than 20 other children at Gustine Elementary were separated into groups of boys and girls and searched for evidence of defecation, a local ABC affiliate reported.

“I said I didn’t want to, but I was told I had to because all the kids had to,” Eliza told the station. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”

Gustine Independent School District Superintendent Ken Baugh acknowledged to the ABC affiliate that a partial strip search is inappropriate, but said it is his understanding that the children were told to only lower their pants a little.

Eliza said, however, that she was forced to lower her pants “to where your butt is.”

“Wrong is wrong,” Ms. Medina said, arguing that even “a little” is completely inappropriate.

Concerned parents have expressed plans to show up at the next school board meeting this Thursday to demand answers, the ABC affiliate reported. Mr. Baugh said he hopes to have his investigation concluded by Wednesday. 

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