Outside of Martin Luther King Elementary School in Hopkinsville, Ky.
Tiffany Rodriguez, a parent who doesn't dispute the teachers' actions
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky.. - Teachers at a Hopkinsville elementary school allegedly frisked students as they searched for missing money.
Five dollars was reportedly taken from a third grade classroom at Martin Luther King Elementary School.
A teacher decided to find out who had the cash.
"We're doing everything we can to try and correct the situation," said Christian County Schools spokeswoman Regan Huneycutt.
A youngster brought the money to pay for a school function. A substitute teacher discovered the money, which was in an envelope on her desk. She couldn't find it.
So she along with two other teachers and an aide searched the children. The adults made the children take off the socks and shoes.
"We acknowledge that there were some missteps along the way," Huneycutt said.
Parents complained because they felt the educators violated the children's rights.
The school district acknowledges that protocol wasn't followed. The instructors should have informed the principal before any searches commenced.
"It's certainly a learning experience for all of us," Huneycutt said.
Tiffany Rodriguez, who has two children at the school, doesn't agree with some parent's position on the matter.
"I think it was a good move," she said.
She believes the children learned a good lesson- don't' steal.
"I think it's a great lesson," she said. "I think $5 could turn into 5,000 and they should've been checked."
The money wasn't found.
The four instructors were given a written reprimand, which will go in their personnel files for violating the school district's policy.
The school principal also sent a letter to the children's parents explaining what happened. One parent said they are upset that the teachers haven't apologized publicly to the students or their parents.
He has contacted the American Civil Liberties Union to look into what happened.