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Parent sues TX school over defecation check

POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 1:56pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 2:04pm

The parent of a West Sabine ISD student is suing the school and several administrators after their child, along with others, was allegedly forced to drop his pants for a defecation check.

According to court documents, Wes Little, the father of a West Sabine student, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against West Sabine ISD, the superintendent, Mike Pate, the principal, Deborah Lane and school nurse, Jo Ann Clark, for damages his child has suffered including mental anguish, humiliation, embarrasment, costs of suit, attorney's fees and all other relief the court deems appropriate.

The incident happened after the school district found fecal matter four or five times on the gym floor, but the culprit was unknown.

Following that occurrence, school administrators decided they should inspect members of the class. During this time, the children were separated by sex and checked by the school nurse.

The lawsuit alleges 47 students, believed to be in the fourth grade, were forced to pull their pants and underwear down past their buttocks for inspection.

Little's attorney, Brent Watkins, claims the incident "violated the students' expectation of privacy against such a search, and resulted in embarrassment, fright, and humiliation which was intensified by their adolescent vulnerability to the intrusiveness of the exposure."

Little has also requested a jury trial on all the issues presented.

KETK has requested a statment from the school district and is awaiting their response.

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