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West Sabine ISD Lawsuit Settled

In Sabine County, an agreement has been reached in a federal lawsuit where the parent of a fourth-grader in the West Sabine ISD alleged that faculty members violated his son’s Fourth Amendment rights when they checked his rear end for evidence of feces.


The father, Wes Little and Lufkin attorney Brent Watkins, filed the lawsuit a year ago against the district’s elementary principal and school nurse.


The U.S. District Court’s Marshall Division said through the Report of Mediation, that the parties have settled all claims.


Little filed the lawsuit after West Sabine ISD principal Deborah Lane and school nurse JoAnn Clark checked every fourth-grader for evidence to find out who had defecated on the gym floor. It was reported by school staff the two had peeked inside the pants. But, the lawsuit says each child’s pants and underwear were pulled down past their buttocks.


The Fourth Amendment guards against unreasonable searches and seizure. Particulars of the settlement are not known.

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