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Sampson school administrator who searched boy retired

Posted June 21, 2012

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— spokeswoman for Sampson County Schools says that an assistant principal accused of improperly searching a third-grade student has retired.

Susan Warren says Teresa Holmes indicated last month that she planned to retire at the end of the school year. Her last day was June 13.

Holmes came under fire this week after Clarinda Cox said the 28-year educator violated her 10-year-old son's privacy when she made him strip down to his boxer shorts and T-shirt on June 1.

Several students accused the boy of taking $20 from another student, and Holmes says she searched the boy because he had lied several times during the school year.

When she realized he did not have the money, she says, she apologized to him and hugged him.

The school system says Holmes was within her legal authority to conduct the search but that the decision to do so "may have been overzealous."

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  • storchheim Jun 22, 2012

    carolinaprincess raises a question. I think the kid took the money fully intending to keep it, because someone who intends to return it doesn't "dive" for it, he bends over, picks it up and hands it back. He realized he was in trouble and ditched it. Think he slipped it to another kid? For some reason I don't think the girl had it when Snowflake was dragged off in chains to be brutalized.

    Whoever had it may have been victimized by this kid in the past and saw a chance to get even by grabbing it after Snowflake tossed it back on the floor when he'd been caught(remember, 7-8 kids and 2 teachers said he had it). I'd want to know where that money was in the unaccounted-for time, and who else was involved. Not to punish, just to have all the pieces. After all, someone lost her job over this. Strike while the iron is hot.

  • da Brute Jun 22, 2012

    How about letting him empty his pockets, all of them, inside out. Empty the book bag too. No money? You know how these young rugrats lie on each other. The teacher should have known this after 28 years and handled it in a different manner. The rules have changed and she should have been aware of that too.

  • stevemoore3262 Jun 22, 2012

    I read Ms. Holmes statement...what a whitewash she does to herself. Perhaps we should call her Mother Theresa. Regardless of what this kid has done in the past she had no business stripping him down to his boxers.How humiliating...and then giving him a sermon about building character. Why didn`t the school call his parents ? She should be fired. Our public schools are full of incompetent so-called "educators"....no wonder the schools are failing.

  • trueblue0100 Jun 22, 2012

    It does not matter whether this child were an "angel" or not. It does not matter if the parent was a good parent or not. This administrator SHOULD NOT have searched an elementary child without the knowledge of the parent first period. The administrators and teachers of the Sampson County School System are well known for doing whatever they please whenever they please. This child will not forget this incident and noone will know how it impacts him until he is much older. An apology does not cut it........Defiant

    Maybe you chose not to read the entire article; the teacher did NOHING WRONG!!!!!

    Several, (NOT 1, BUT SEVERAL), students accused the boy of taking $20 from another student, and Holmes says she searched the boy because he had lied several times during the school year.

    The school system says Holmes was within her legal authority to conduct the search but that the decision to do so "may have been overzealous."

  • Statick Jun 22, 2012

    What a shame that a 28 year career is reduced to a single incident. - canoe42

    Yeah, but wow, what an incident. I can't believe the woman thought this was a good idea.

  • canoe42 Jun 22, 2012

    What a shame that a 28 year career is reduced to a single incident.

  • aspenstreet1717 Jun 22, 2012

    I'm with the Assistant Principal on this. Reasonable.

  • The Fox Jun 22, 2012

    [Wow, I just read her statement. To all other viewers and posters, please read her statement before you rush to judgement.]That and obviously some other kid took the money then tossed it under the table.

  • Bill of Rights Jun 22, 2012

    Why should I believe her statement? It's her word against that of a bunch of kids', and she stands to lose much more here. Hopefully her replacement will have more than a shred of common sense ...

  • kikinc Jun 22, 2012

    If it is indeed true, that as an administrator, she was within her rights to search him, she should not have retired. Maybe there needs a policy change to include parents for any searches, but if this is as it stands, she handled the situation to the best of her ability.

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