A Wisconsin district attorney has accused a school superintendent of 6 counts of felony false imprisonment. She reportedly asked students to remove their underwear as she searched for e-cigarette cartridges. KCRG TV reported.
What are the details?
Kelly Casper, Suring School District Superintendent, is accused of dragging at least six students to a small toilet off the school nurse’s desk and telling them that they had to take their clothes apart from their underwear.
On Monday, Edward Burke Jr., District Attorney, stated that Casper was seen standing in the doorway as the children were getting dressed.
“Once the children removed their clothing, any opportunity they had to escape would have subjected them to further shame and embarrassment,” Burke stated in a news release on the charges.
Burke said that none of the children were able contact their parents or leave the house before they were locked in the small bathroom.
“The only choice they were given was to have the search conducted by a police officer or Casper,” Burke — who initially declined to file charges against Casper — added.
The release concluded, “The State concludes that Kelly Casper lacked legal authority to confine the students in a small restroom located off the nurses office located in the Suring School Public School complex. The facts and surrounding circumstances leads the State to conclude that the children involved did not consent to being confined.”
Burke refused to file charges in the past, stating initially that the search was not legal “strip searching” because students were allowed to wear their underclothes. However, the state later determined that the incident met the definition of false imprisonment.
Kelly could face up to six years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine for each count if she is convicted of all charges.
According to WBAY TV, the school board will meet on Wednesday.