More than 20 middle school students strip searched over missing $50, lawsuit says
Two mothers have filed a lawsuit after more than 20 students were allegedly stripped searched during the 2012-2013 school year over $50 that went missing during a choir class.
According to the lawsuit, 22 students were in the choir class in Lanier Middle School when a student claimed that their money disappeared. A school administrator looked through backpacks, but couldn't find the money. A campus officer was brought in and he allegedly suggested that "girls like to hide things in their bras and panties," the lawsuit stated.
It also stated that parents weren't notified and the girls who were searched said they didn't want to participate.
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2014 and said their civil rights had been denied. The district court threw the lawsuit out, claiming the suit "failed to make a claim." Last week, the Fifth Circuit overturned the ruling and brought it back to the lower courts.
"The school district respects the Fifth Circuit's ruling and is determining next steps," an HISD spokesperson added in a comment to KTRK.