Uproar After School Checks Kids' Pants for Poop

School officials say nurse's search was made discreetly
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Uproar After School Checks Kids' Pants for Poop
Upset parents in an east Texas elementary school are complaining the school searched their children's pants, looking for who pooped on the gym floor.   (Shutterstock)

There's no way this one could have ended well: An East Texas school's search for the mystery pooper who had five times left feces in the gymnasium led the principal to ask the school nurse to inspect the fourth-graders' underwear. "My kid came home and he said ... his butt had been inspected," complained one parent of a West Sabine Elementary student. That class had been the ones using the gym when the feces appeared, and didn't respond when the principal continually asked who did the deed. She defended the move to KAIT8 News.

She says the nurse only tugged at their pants' waistline to look inside, and that no pants were pulled below the buttocks. "There are lies being circulated," she says. Adds the superintendent, "We've all been examined by nurses. I do think it is appropriate in certain situations." And the nurse herself says, "I just peeked in their pants like you would check a baby's diaper." But two parents have complained, and a former school board member noted that, "You don't violate someone's civil rights just to achieve the ultimate goal." As for the mystery pooper, the search did not reveal the culprit. (More Texas stories.)

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