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Family sues over child's strip search at Sampson elementary school

Posted December 12, 2012

— A Sampson County family has filed suit against the board of education there alleging a strip search of their 10-year-old son was unreasonable and an invasion of his privacy.

According to the lawsuit, Teresa Holmes, then the assistant principal at Union Elementary School, made the boy remove his shoes, socks, pants and shirt, and she put her fingers inside the waistband of his underpants. Holmes was looking for money that another student dropped in the cafeteria, but her search found nothing.

In the suit, the boy's family claims that he saw a fellow student drop some money and helped her pick it up. After he was searched, another teacher told Holmes the money was found on the cafeteria floor, according to the suit.

A school district spokeswoman said Holmes had planned to retire before the incident and has since left the school.



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  • itsyoureternalsoul Dec 13, 2012

    I feel NO sympathy for the lawyer who gave this family hope that they can win.
    There was probable cause.

    However, money found is not money stolen.
    Kids are careless, and are careless with money.

  • cocker_mom Dec 13, 2012

    Oh. My. God. This same thing happened when I was a kid at my local school. The principal was disciplined and nothing like that ever happened again. I REALLY would have thought that anyone in the education field would know BY NOW how amazingly inappropriate this would be! I mean these folks get all sorts of training. They are supposed to be also PROTECTING children from this kind of invasion and someone in a position of protecting does THIS? Speechless.

  • Wiser_now Dec 13, 2012

    I would sue - not for the money but to call attention to this. The assistant pricipal had NO right to do this. I think it borders on molestation and I would want her to be investigated to see if anything like this has happend in the past.

  • Tax Man Dec 13, 2012

    If the school suspects a crime has been committed they need to call the police and have it be an official criminal investigation by trained professionals rather than amateur assistant principals. At least the parents should have been called before any of this took place!

  • Tax Man Dec 13, 2012

    The parents should win big and then donate it all to their favorite charity. The school board should take the award out of the assistant principal's retirement. Imagine if NC had teachers unions? This would be an everyday affair. Hopefully Holmes was demoted and disciplined before her departure.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Dec 13, 2012

    Because they believe they have more authority over your children than you do AND just to demonstrate how much authority they tell you what your children can wear, eat, think, who they should associate with and when...they take your children, by law, from the age of 4 years until 19 years and preach to them on a daily basis that the western predominately white culture has been built on the oppression of all other people, that all white people are rich and all others are poor, in other words they teach hateful, demeaning stereotypes...

    And here's the beauty...they do it with your permission...every time you vote for a progressive liberal on your school board or in any kind of government...your voting for 'government rule'

    LOL! Good Lord, what a spin job!

  • pat7 Dec 13, 2012

    its all about easy money ,The parents must be looking for a pot of gold the easy,I want to personal want to thank the parent if they win the suit your own tax dollars will have to pay for this who smart now

  • Six String Dec 13, 2012

    "It's all about money and vengence". Many of the comments here say the same in different words. Note that the article did not mention that the suit asked for money -- you all are only assuming this. A suit at law can also be filed to stop or prevent future similar behavior. It doesn't have to be about money unless you feel that is justified. At this point, not enough information.

  • I am not who you think I am Dec 13, 2012

    there are child molesters everywhere...even in the Sampson Co. schools

  • affirmativediversity Dec 13, 2012

    Some people are so *sue* happy, of course with the help of unscrupulous lawyers. The $$ signs are dangling - sure hope this gets thrown out and they don't get a dime... per jma47


    Really, and how would you feel if it was your child that was pulled into the principals office and made to strip in front of the principal (of the opposite sex) and a janitor?

    I hope they own the school by the time they are done...

    I want to know why the principal was not charged with assault on a child or child abuse...and I want to know why the janitor hasn't sued the principal and the school board for sexual harassment for being pulled in and made to watch a child strip?