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Judge: Lawsuit over Clinton student's strip-search can proceed

Posted September 11, 2013

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— A federal judge has denied a request from Sampson County Schools to dismiss a lawsuit alleging a strip-search conducted on a third-grader last year violated the boy's rights.

U.S. Magistrate William Webb said the suit filed by Justin Cox's parents can proceed, suggesting that the search by a former assistant principal was too intrusive.

Justin, a student at Union Elementary School, was ordered to take off everything but his T-shirt and boxer shorts in June 2012 after a girl accused him of taking $20.

Clarinda Cox said her son, who was 10 at the time, told her that a girl dropped the money in the cafeteria and that he picked it up and gave it back to her.

The assistant principal, Teresa Holmes, said in a statement that several other students, as well as two teachers, told her that the money was missing and that they had seen Justin dive under the lunchroom table for it.

After the strip-search turned up no money, the missing $20 was found on the floor.

Holmes has since retired.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 13, 2013

    678devilish Said, “If teachers don't like their pay, then maybe its time they seek a new job else where.”

    *I* don’t like what we pay teachers and I’m not a teacher. But, *I* value education...and think it’s the most important thing that we humans do. Period. YMMV

  • bill0 Sep 12, 2013

    "Don't ever believe everything a teacher says. Believe your child. How hard is that. You should know the child better than the teacher.
    "

    Wow. What nonsense. I really feel sorry for the teachers of your kids. If I had come home in trouble and tried to tell my dad that it was the teachers fault, I would have gotten a serious smack down.

    And anyway, this was an assistant principal, not a teacher. Even worse, the school is STILL claiming that strip searching a 10 year old was perfectly reasonable.

    "You knew what the pay was when you accepted the job. So quit the whinning for these teachers. "

    Actually, the current legislatures has radically altered teacher pay formulas.

  • ripetomatoes Sep 12, 2013

    Schools will not have all that power as you proclaim, if parents or guardians would learn to take a stand as these parents did. Don't ever believe everything a teacher says. Believe your child. How hard is that. You should know the child better than the teacher.
    678devilish

    Wow.

    Maybe public schools will never reach yours standards...

    I hope you can put whatever bad memory that haunts you from school behind you and move on.

  • 678devilish Sep 12, 2013

    How would these teachers and principals feel if someone stripped search them? They would not like it a all. Many go over their authority. I appreciate my school back in the day, no teacher back then would stoop so low as to to that. There are others ways of doing things and yet with respect. Yes, the students; everyone of them deserves respect. Of course the same for teacher and any other adult on campus. Respect goes hand in hand and is never one-sided.

  • 678devilish Sep 12, 2013

    If teachers don't like their pay, then maybe its time they seek a new job else where. May teaching is not for them, if they continue to complain. That goes for any job. You knew what the pay was when you accepted the job. So quit the whinning for these teachers. They knew what was involved.

  • 678devilish Sep 12, 2013

    Holmes has since retired.

    Why did Holmes suddenly retire? GUILT! Nothing else, but.

  • 678devilish Sep 12, 2013

    From the looks of the picture, the child looks scared to death. I pray they win this lawsuit. It will help this young man to go to college one day.

  • 678devilish Sep 12, 2013

    schools have too much power.

    Schools will not have all that power as you proclaim, if parents or guardians would learn to take a stand as these parents did. Don't ever believe everything a teacher says. Believe your child. How hard is that. You should know the child better than the teacher.

  • 678devilish Sep 12, 2013

    How many times have a teacher been caught with a relationship with a student. Enough said! This is what needs to be stop. No teacher is above the law. PERIOD!

  • lazyrebel Sep 12, 2013

    Hope he wins, schools have too much power. Strip search a 10 yo? She should not have had $20 cash at school.! Also tax man cops should not be allowed to search a 10 year old. I believe some of you people have lost your minds!

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