A school in the small town of Gustine, Texas, had an interesting day on Monday when close to two dozen elementary school students were ordered to drop their pants and expose their underwear. This happened after feces was found on the floor of the school gymnasium, and school officials wanted to find out who did it.
“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” said 11-year-old Eliza Medina. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”
WTSP reports that young Eliza Medina was one of just about two dozen students that were rounded up and told to take down their pants. The boys were taken into one room while the girls were led into another. It was then, Maria Medina said, that the children got the command.
“…to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.”
Maria Medina, Eliza’s mother, said that the officials at the school recently “have been finding poop on the gym floor.”
Sure, that’s a frustrating situation for any educational facility, but Medina said that was no reason for the school to take those actions against the students. She said that forcing children to partially strip down is no way to conduct a proper investigation.
“I was furious… I mean, I was furious. 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.”
According to WFAA, some of the children tried to speak up when they were ordered to drop their pants by school officials. Eliza said she was one of those that attempted to speak out against it, but it didn’t matter.
“I said I didn’t want to, but I was told I had to because all the kids had to.”
Other parents in Gustine, Texas, are furious as to what the schoolhouse had their children do on Monday. Ken Baugh, Superintendent of the Gustine Independent School District, said that the educators and officials had taken it too far.
“That’s not appropriate, and we do not condone that. So you would take disciplinary action.”
Baugh has said that children were advised to drop their pants just a little bit and not all the way down. Eliza Medina said that isn’t true, and that she and others had to drop their pants “to where your butt is.”
Parents don’t seem to care whether their children’s pants were dropped a little or a lot. They feel it is far too much, and that exposing their underwear for an inspection is totally unacceptable.
An investigation into the situation is ongoing and Baugh said he hopes it is wrapped up some time on Wednesday after hearing from all parties involved.
Parents in Gustine, Texas are planning to show up at the school board meeting on Thursday night. They want someone to be held responsible for their children having to drop their pants and want it taken care of appropriately.
[Image via WFAA]