Teenage girls strip searched at California school
Two families are questioning the use of strip searches at a school in California.
A 13-year old and a 15-year old girl were both searched for drugs at Serrano Middle School.
They say a male security guard patted them down and was in the room when the girls removed their clothes and bras.
“She was asked to take off her jacket, take off her shirt, take off her T-shirt, unfasten her bra and pull her bra out — literally pull her bra out from the bottom and shake her breasts,” said the girl’s mother.
A quarter of a gram of marijuana was found in one of the girls’ bags.
The girls’ parents say it could have been planted because the bag was unsupervised for 40-minutes.
Linda Bardere, a spokesperson for the San Bernardino School District, confirmed to the San Bernardino Sun that the district is looking into the search.
“We adhere to our board policy and (California Education Code) when a search is conducted. We take all parent concerns and complaints seriously, however due to student confidentiality we can’t comment further,” said Bardere in a statement.