The parents of a 10-year-old North Carolina boy have filed a lawsuit against the local board of education and an assistant principal after their son was strip-searched over a $20 bill his school’s administrators incorrectly believed he stole.
The federal complaint, filed Dec. 6, alleges that assistant principal Teresa Holmes ordered Justin Cox, then a fifth grader, to her office. She next told him to take off his shoes, socks, pants and one of his shirts, reports CBS Charlotte. Holmes then ran her fingers around the waistband of his underwear and searched his bare torso under his shirt.
A custodian was in the office to witness the search.