Published December 05, 2008
ANSONIA, Conn. – The mother of a 15-year-old student at an alternative high school in Connecticut says she's suing because her son was strip searched.
Heidi Burwell, the mother of a Pine Academy student, says her son was allegedly forced to remove his clothing after being accused of stealing money from a teacher this week.
The mother's lawyer says the teenager did not steal the money.
Attorney Robert Berke says the school's principal ordered a strip search that was conducted in a restroom by two male teachers. The missing money was not found.
Ansonia police are investigating the incident.
Superintendent of Schools Carol Merlone said the allegation also is being investigated by district officials. The school principal and the two male teachers did not return messages.