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Parents Of Teen Strip-Searched At School Sue Assistant Principal, Police

CBS Chicago

The parents of a 15-year old boy who was allegedly strip-searched at a high school last month have filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools.

In an exclusive interview with CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman, the boy and his outraged parents described what happened.

“He came home crying. So I asked him why he was crying,” said the boy’s father, Anthony Woodman. “And he was like hysterical. He tells me he’s been strip-searched.”

It allegedly happened at Taft High school last month.

His mother, Michelle Woodman said she contacted the CBS2 Investigators “so this doesn’t happen to anyone else. No one should go through what our son went through.”

The student said two security guards, a Chicago police officer and a female assistant principal took him from an room where he was serving an “in school suspension” to a nearby washroom on the second floor.

Asked if the officer or assistant principal said anything, the student said, “They told me they had an anonymous tip. They were looking for drugs.”

He said, while the others watched, one of the security guards put him up against the wall of a bathroom stall so his back was to the guards.

“And then he searched me with my clothes on,” the boy said. “Then he told me to remove my belt. As I undid my belt he pulled my pants and underwear down to my knees.”

After that, “He started grabbing and searching my privates,” the boy said.

He said they did not find any drugs.

Records the Woodmans provided said CPS staff diagnosed their son with an emotional disorder and learning disability. He requires special education services.

Misconduct reports detail behavioral problems leading to numerous suspensions, some contested by his parents.

As for the strip search, his father said “there needs to be consequences for what they did to him.”

Now his parents are suing everyone allegedly involved, and Chicago Public Schools and City of Chicago.

“What we are claiming is that his civil rights were violated when he was strip searched without cause and unreasonably,” said Julie Herrera, the Woodman’s attorney.

“The way it was done was outrageous,” Herrera said. “Having a 15-year-old boy have to have a woman – an older woman – watch him with his pants down, while he is touched by another man. I think is horribly humiliating and embarrassing.”

His mother said it was humiliating for her son, and it has adversely affected him.

“He is very withdrawn. He sleeps with his clothes on. He’s had nightmares,” said Michelle Woodman. “He is very angry. He’s depressed. He is just not the same person.”

The assistant principal who allegedly watched the strip search declined to comment, referring questions to the Chicago Public School’s law department.

A CPS spokeswoman said their policy is that “under no circumstances are strip searches of students allowed on CPS premises.”

The CPS policy manual also prohibits “washroom searches.”

Spokeswomen for both CPS and the Chicago Police Department said they cannot comment on this case until their investigation is complete.

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11 Responses to Parents Of Teen Strip-Searched At School Sue Assistant Principal, Police

  1. Whizerd67 says:

    They’d have to have the court hearing via satellite …from whatever hospital I were to put them in. Period.
    I would NOT be able to trust the system to do the right thing. They COULDN’T do the right thing in this case….public beatings aren’t allowed…and there is a difference between ‘can’t’ and ‘not allowed to’.

    Funny how comments on this story are not allowed on some sites.

    ~Blessed Be to all~

  2. diggerdan says:

    I suppose that the officials cannot comment on this yet because they all got to get their stories straight.

  3. BentSpear says:

    Follows right along with the TSA’s Molestation Guidelines. Nothing like having child molesters in Authority positions.

  4. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Asked if the officer or assistant principal said anything, the student said, “They told me they had an anonymous tip. They were looking for drugs.”

    Anonymous tip? Since when is an “anonymous tip” a credible reason to violate a persons rights?

    First, they need to produce this “alleged” anonymous tipster, charge them with the crime of filing a false report (regardless of the fact that it wasn’t actually “filed”), then arrest and prosecute the scumbags involved in this travesty.

    • BentSpear says:

      With the “report anything you see suspicious” (snitch), I.D’ing snitches will never happen. From what I’m seeing, lawsuits are welcomed since they’re settled out of court, lawyers make money, no matter what & the victim of the Rights violation is still left uncompensated. No one is jailed or prosecuted. After that, there’s not much left for the victim to get in the current state of affairs.

      Biblically, the boy was raped by the Principal. There are 2 witnesses. It is the father’s duty to put that Principal to death. As you can see, there’s no money involved. Another reason Zioturds are scared
      sh!tless of Biblical Law.

      • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

        Even the Talmud states it’s only considered rape if the boy is over nine years old.

      • Whizerd67 says:

        Don’t need any kind of book or written reference to know that this was wrong..on the very fabric of humanity.
        Don’t need no book or written reference to tell me what to do about it either,
        Not trying to disrespect your comment, just saying. As a father, I need nothing to tell me that they need what I would surely inflict upon them.
        I agree they need harsh consequences for this action. I agree tptb are scared too. And they damn well should be!
        I just don’t think anything written(biblical/law/otherwise) is the reason…and shouldn’t be.
        If it’s in your very soul as truth, and undeniable, why would you need anything else to confirm it?
        I’m going after every one of them that would do this to my child, no matter what anything written says i ‘can’ ‘can’t’ ‘should’ ‘shouldn’t’ do about it.
        Just as I’m going to fight tptb, no matter what anything written says is right. Because I already KNOW it’s right. Without reservation.

        The statement about money from lawsuit action is dead on..for sure.
        (But no money could stop me either*nod*)

        If this looks like a personal strike against your comment Bent, I apologize, It truly wasn’t meant that way. I personally agree with alot of anything contributed by you here. Just to be clear.

        ~Blessed Be to all~

  5. leo bourne says:

    The same pedophiles that have been rampant in Great Britian for decades have infiltrated America. The people in power are so corrupt they think that they can do anything to anybody. Where is a founding father when you need them?

  6. NC says:

    So the children are strip-searched in their Chicago prison-like schools. Unbelievable.

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