There were fewer Ethics Alarms posts last year about outrageous conduct by public school teachers and administrators. I think this was because my brain was trying to save itself from ending up on the ceiling, as it so frequently does in these KABOOM! inducing stories.
And here is the first one of 2015…
In Gustine, Texas, population 457, there is just one schoolhouse for the elementary school kids. Apparently some incontinent young prankster has repeatedly deposited #2 on the gym floor, and since they had no clues, teachers rounded up two dozen student suspects—some as old as 12–and ordered them “to pull down their pants” so the teachers could “check them to see if they could find anything.”
I’ll tell you what teachers would find if they tried that on my kid: a criminal complaint and an arrest warrant.
Gustine Independent School District Superintendent Ken Baugh acknowledged that strip searches go too far. “That’s not appropriate, and we do not condone that.” No, you just hire and train teachers who interact with students without immediately understanding that this is child abuse.
Some angry parents are already planning to show up at the school board meeting to demand that someone be held accountable.
“Maybe we can find a much better way to solve this,” Superintendent Baugh told reporters.
Maybe? Now we know the root of the problem: the superintendent is an idiot, presiding over an idiot-teeming district that hires irresponsible teachers lacking the minimal level of judgment and kindness required of anyone in charge of a child’s safety and welfare.
I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t home school my child and this nest of incompetents ran the only school in town.
I might just go to the gym and poop there myself.
But I’d leave a note.
Pointer: Alexander Cheezem