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During an interview with local affiliate CBS 2, the teen’s parents describe 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.”
The incident took place at Taft High School in Chicago.
The mother said she contacted the news “so this doesn’t happen to anyone else. No one should go through what our son went through.”
According to the teen, two security guards, a Chicago police officer, and an assistant principal took him from the room where he was serving “in school suspension”, to a washroom, where they searched him.
“They told me they had an anonymous tip. They were looking for drugs” said the teen.
He said he was first patted down by one of the guards, then he was strip searched.
“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.
They did not find any drugs.
The teen has been identified by the school as a student with emotional disorders and a learning disability. He has had numerous suspensions and a detailed history of behavioral problems.
Still, his father says what happened to his son was wrong and the school needs to be held accountable.
“What we are claiming is that his civil rights were violated when he was strip searched without cause and unreasonably,” said Julie Herrera, the family’s attorney.