At Cap-Jeunesse High School in Saint Jerome, Quebec, 28 students in tenth grade were in the middle of a math exam when a cell phone went missing. In an attempt to try and locate the missing cell phone, the students were asked by school staff members to remove their clothing.
One female student was asked by the teacher to remove her bra and raise her arms. As a result, the Montreal school board has launched an internal investigation.
One of the board members stated, “In the heat of the action, the decision seemed the best.” A second school board member stated the school “lacked judgment” in strip searching the students.
Prior to the beginning of the end of the year math exam, the students were asked by the teacher to place all of their cell phones on the teacher’s desk in order to prevent any cheating.
However, one cell phone was unaccounted for leading the teacher to order the students to be strip searched. QMI Agency reported that one teenage girl said, “They put us in a small room. They said take off your bra, then raise your arms. They even tapped us on the back.”
Nadyne Brochu, the school board spokeswoman admitted that the teachers went too far. Brochu stated, “It was a disproportionate action under the circumstances.”
“These are not measures that are recommended by either the school or the school board.” Brochu went on to add that the principal of the high school was not advised by the teacher of the conducted strip search.
Brochu said, “In the heat of the action, the decision seemed the best. Once officials heard what had happened, they immediately contacted the students’ parents to explain the situation.
The strip search created a “climate that was not conducive to a good test” so the student’s will be given the option to re-take the exam. The school board has not yet revealed what if any disciplinary action will be handed down against the teachers involved in the strip search.
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