SURING, Wis. (WBAY) – Parents met Monday night in Suring, upset by allegations that a group of children were strip searched at school.
Research has been done to find vaping devices.
The incident involving male and female students is being investigated by the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department.
“I mean, what they did was stupid, but to take it to this level of disgrace is just gross. Children don’t know they can say no,” said Raelene Helminger, a mother.
Investigators did not say how many students were strip searched.
Parents say the boys and girls were separated, placed in different rooms and searched by same-sex administrators, stripping off everything but their underwear.
It happened on January 18.
Helminger added: “When I first learned of this, I didn’t know the seriousness of it. I didn’t know they had to take their clothes off, I just thought they had their pockets stuffed and so on. When I found out how badly it had happened, I just cried.
Many parents appeared before the school board last week to share their concerns.
In response, board chairman Wayne Sleeter released a statement saying, “The Suring School Board understands the seriousness of this situation. The school board is monitoring the situation closely and we will have a statement once the investigation is complete.
Parent Rachel Sexton said: ‘We need action. We need to make sure our children are safe. We have to make sure that our children trust the school, they trust the staff, they trust the adults who are supposed to guide them.
Sexton also told us that many of the children involved had been suspended from school and had restroom use restricted, but the search had gone too far.
Other parents say they weren’t told before the research was done.
Action 2 News contacted the Oconto County prosecutor who did not comment as the investigation has not yet been referred to his office for specific charges.
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