I had read that some are bothered that the paper ran this story. It might be helpful to know that the Editor of the paper is a member of the church and must have thought long and hard about doing the story.
There also seems to be some confusion about what defines a "strip-search". This was obviously more than a frisking and the fact that the Principal knew to have his female employees conduct the search is proof enough that he knew this was a questionable act. The standards expected of school officials are pretty high and for good reason. It is not difficult to set these students aside until they are reasonable represented. Why the rush? For $20-$30? Really?
I also read that some are appalled that this stealing may have occured in a Christian school and therefore the response might be appropriate. Christian schools are not immune to everyday temptations. And occasionally, 11 and 12 year old kids make bad choices. Surely, the Principal has dealt with this issue many times. But this kind of judgement is what is appalling! Young ladies are intensely private and their folks spend much time trying to establish that their bodies are not to be violated and modesty is paramount. And is a single stroke, all that is shoved aside for a dozen or more, over a small matter of petty thievery. This is the main teacher they are expecting to have next year, the Head of the school and even the janitor. How can they ever feel safe and comfortable here?
I am raising daughters myself and I would not hesitate to pursue justice and even recompense if ANYBODY vioalted my girls, like this or even alot less than what is being suggested. Whether it be the police, school officials, mall security, landlords...or whatever.
Lastly, I have seen it said that this should have been handled by the school. But, it is clear that the Principal instigated the alleged searches. To whom should they make their appeal? The law provides for this type of situation and each of us has an absolute requirement to alert the authorities for allegations involving minors. To think that the Principal would discipline himself is absurd. And the paper covers most police matters in our community...especially when the tales being told are so clearly in dispute. Finding the truth, is a good thing.