When officials at an elementary school in Gustine, Texas, kept finding poop on the gym floor, they decided to get to the bottom of the matter.
But their method of investigation has parents and students raising a stink.
On Monday, officials at Gustine Elementary rounded up 24 students, and divided them up by gender. Then the kids were ordered to pull down their pants far enough so educators could see if there were any tell-tale fecal stains.
Eliza Medina, 11, was embarrassed by the “poop inspection.”
“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” Eliza Medina, 11, told WFAA TV. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”
Eliza’s mom, Marina Medina, said that she understands how frustrating feces on the floor can be, but it isn’t any excuse to partially strip search students.
“I was furious… I mean, I was furious,” Medina said, according to KHOU TV. “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 is investigating the matter in hopes of getting the story straight. He said his understanding was that children were told to lower their pants just a little.
Eliza Medina said the “poop inspections” went further. “Like… to where your butt is,” is how she phrased it, according to the Washington Times.
Baugh hopes to have the investigation wrapped up by Thursday’s school board meeting, where some angry parents are expected to give officials a lot of crap.
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