NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The ACLU is looking into complaints from north Louisiana parents who say their teenage children were held after school and strip-searched when a student reported the loss of $42.
Melinda Ponder says her 15-year-old daughter was ordered to strip down to her bra and panties in the classroom at Caldwell High School in Columbia, 30 miles south of Monroe. Ponder said boys were taken to a bathroom where they were told to drop their pants.
Ponder said her husband filed an online complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana. The organization’s director, Marjorie Esman, issued a statement calling the practice an invasion of privacy and a violation of due process rights. Esman said the school owes students an apology.
School district officials have said they are investigating.