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School Forces Elementary Students to Drop Their Pants for Inspection

The Short of It

In the "most disturbing news ever" department comes a story of a school in the small town of Gustine, Texas, where students were told to pull down their pants for inspection after feces was found on the gym floor.

The Lowdown

More than 20 students were told to strip down to their underwear so teachers could find evidence of who was defecating on the floor of the gymnasium.

"I felt uncomfortable, and I didn't want to do it. I felt like they violated my privacy," one 11-year-old student involved told WFAA TV.

Boys and girls were separated before the reprehensible search took place. It isn't clear how far down kids were asked to pull their pants—administrators say a little; kids say below their rear ends—but it doesn't matter. This approach to solving a problem was humiliating, inappropriate and completely unacceptable.

Parents are understandably furious.

School Superintendent Ken Baugh says he knows what happened is not acceptable. But parents want more than just an apology. They want someone to be held accountable, and they plan to attend the school board meeting tonight to demand action.

The Upshot

This story prompted me to talk to my children about when it is and isn't acceptable to show someone your underwear. It breaks my heart to think of them being put in a situation like this. Our kids are supposed to trust their teachers, and the actions of the Texas educators involved took advantage of that trust.

Furthermore, did any teacher stop to consider a child may be having a digestive problem and that was the reason for the feces? If that was the case, imagine how humiliated that student feels, instead of being supported and receiving guidance. Sickening.

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