In Gustine, what happens at the schoolhouse affects nearly everyone. And something happened Monday that is causing a big controversy in this small town.
“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” said 11-year-old Eliza Medina. “I felt like they violated my privacy … I was told I had to because all the kids had to.”
She was one of about two dozen elementary students who were rounded up in the small town 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
The Gustine school had been trying to investigate how the poop ended up on the floor. So the teachers took girls to one room and boys to another and told them to drop their pants.
“I was furious… I mean, I was furious,” Medina said. “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.”
Gustine Independent School District Superintendent Ken Baugh says he does not condone the search and that making kids drop their drawers goes too far. “That’s not appropriate, and we do not condone that. So you would take disciplinary action.”
Gustine, TX, has a population of about 460 and is located 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth.