When classmates accused third-grader Justin Cox of stealing money, assistant principal Teresa Holmes says he said to 'search me.' So she did. 'Even when I discipline them, I love them,' she says of her students.
A North Carolina mother is furious after her son's elementary school principal strip-searched her child, when a classmate accused him of stealing money.
Clarinda Cox, of Clinton, N.C., says her 10-year-old son Justin was forced to remove everything but his undershirt and boxers after a girl said he took $20 from her in the lunchroom, local TV station WRAL reported Monday. After the search, the money was found underneath a table.
Teresa Holmes, assistant principal at Union Elementary school, admitted to searching Justin earlier this month after "seven or eight" students told her he dove under the table to grab the girl's money, which she had dropped. "Justin said that he did not have the money and to 'search me,'" Holmes, 28, said in a statement.
The administrator added that Justin had lied to her several times before, and that, when she did not find the money, she explained to Justin the importance of having "a good name" and the pair hugged.
"Any staff member, who has ever worked with me, knows that I care for my students and that, even when I have to discipline them, I love them," Holmes told WRAL.
Cox says she's also angry that no one from the school notified her to tell her about the incident. Justin told her what happened when he came home from school that day.
Susan Warren, a spokeswoman for the school district, admits that the school should have alerted Cox about the search, but says that Holmes wasn't breaking any rules, and noted that a male janitor was present during the search. "The assistant principal was within her legal authority, her legal right to do the search," Warren told WRAL. "She may have been overzealous in her actions."
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