.. this story has me extremely
off right now.
I am beyond fuming. From the viewpoint of being a sexual abuse surviver.. OMG
.. If this happened to my child, I would seriously come unglued on someone. A child being forced to strip for ibuprofen? Seriously? They shouldn't be strip-searched period, but for freakin' IBUPROFEN?!?!?! Oh, hell no.
Two years ago, when my son (who is learning disabled and in special ed) was 13 yrs old, he was suspected by his teacher of being on drugs simply because he had been talking to another boy in his small 12 student classroom who had a bit of a troubled past.. and DS had slacked off on his schoolwork a bit. I found out after school that DS had had his locker, backpack, and pockets searched, and had to take off his overshirt (hoodie). I was never made aware of any of this until my son told me that afternoon. I raised all kinds of hell with his teacher, who had informed the principal of the "suspicion", and then later with the principal and guidance counselor, who was the last to speak to my son about this. I should have been called immediately when "suspicions" arose. I should have been called before any search was performed at all, but I was never called PERIOD! I had to find out from my son, who was made to feel like criminal for no reason besides talking to a boy with a troubled past. The school's excuse was that since DS had been slacking off (not unusual at all, he goes through these periods) and talking to a boy who smoked cigarettes and had been in trouble in the past, that they wanted to "protect him". They apologized profusely to my son and I, and I let the issue drop. I'm suddenly feeling that I should have pushed the issue much further.
I just pulled both of my kids in the room this morning after reading this story.. I informed both of them that they have the right to say no and that NO ONE has the right to force them to take off any of their clothing. If either of them are pulled into the office for suspicion of drugs or anything else for that matter, I am to be called immediately. If I am not, the school will soooooooooo regret it. There will be hell to pay.
You do NOT
sexually abuse my children.. and that is EXACTLY what that school did to this poor girl. My heart breaks for her and her family.
And to the PP whose daughter was "examined" for sexual abuse? Omg, THEY sexually abused her! My heart is with you, too!!