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

Posted December 12, 2012 2:54 p.m. EST
Updated December 12, 2012 6:46 p.m. EST

— 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.