Strip Searched During Exam: Canadian Students Undergo Ordeal

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 24, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Strip searched during exam: Staff at a school near Montreal strip searched 28 high school students during a search for a cell phone.

The school board at Cap-Jeunesse high school in Saint-Jerome, Quebec say the staff “lacked judgement” for asking the 10th grade students to remove their clothes when a phone went missing last week, according to Sun News.

“They put us in a small room,” one teenage girl, who didn’t give her name, told QMI Agency. “(They said) ‘take off your bra, then raise your arms.’ They even tapped us on the back.”

Spokeswomen for the board Nadyne Brochu says the staff took “disproportionate action under the circumstances.”

Students can re-take the test if they want, as Brochu says “The climate was not conducive to a good test.”

It’s unclear if the staff is facing discipline in any form, while an investigation is ongoing.

People commenting on the article were outraged at the actions.

“The teachers should LOSE their jobs and have criminal charges brought against them,” said Murray Wheeler. “They don’t have the legal right to strip search anyone.”

“Perhaps the teacher was and is a sexual predator,” said Anne Heyes. “If I had children in that school i would pull them immediately.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.