Teacher's missing iPod leads to student pat-down, enraging parents

Filed under: Work Life, Development/Milestones: Babies

Stolen iPodYou know, it's sad that a sixth grader thought it was okay to steal a personal piece of equipment valued at anywhere from $200 to $400. I feel for the teacher at Jewell Simpson Houston Academy in Texas who lost her iPod to someone's sticky fingers. But was it necessary - or even appropriate - to round up dozens of students, take them to the cafeteria, and pad them down for the missing equipment? School officials say the search was "within school policy". Well, maybe. But should Americans be getting our students accustomed to what would otherwise be an illegal search if they were adults and the teachers were police?

Here's another question: were any of this teacher's colleagues ever suspects? Or did the staff simply assume it was a kid?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.