ONE Wisconsin The superintendent is facing criminal charges after she allegedly performed strip searches on multiple high school students in a separate bathroom, according to court documents.
Suring Public School Manager Kelly Casper51 years old, charged with six counts fake prisonersFollowing searches she admitted to having carried out on six students at Suring High School on January 18, according to a criminal complaint filed by Oconto . County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) and obtained by Law & Crime.
The 12-page complaint states that Casper detained each of the six female victims “without that person’s consent and with the knowledge that she had no legal authority to do so.” Each charge carries a penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The six students spoke to law enforcement officers in the weeks following the incident. The complaint reveals that all six students and Casper admitted that the purpose of these searches was to locate vape cartridges and vapes.
Four of the girls told officers they had been asked by Casper to take off their bras and underwear, while two other girls said they could keep their leggings while declaring no underwear.
All six people in the lawsuit say they were held in a small bathroom at the back of the nurse’s office during these searches, then punished by being left alone in a room after the examination. review.
“There was no dispute from any party that the children involved were directed into the small room in Casper’s direction. Casper also directed the school nurse to accompany them into the room,” Oconto County Attorney Edward J. Burke.
“Casper then instructed the children to take off their clothes once in the room. Casper stood in the doorway while the children were in the room. Once the kids take off their clothes, any chance they might escape exposes them to even more shame and shame.”
The statement released by Burke also noted that the parents were not informed in advance of these hermitage searches.
“None of the children involved were allowed to leave. The only choice they were given was to have the police or Casper conduct the search. None of the children were allowed any contact with their parents prior to being confined in the bathroom,” Burke said.
PUPIL 1, a 14-year-old student, told the Investigator Troy Sherman of OCSO that on the day of the search she was removed from PE class by the Principal Zachary Beeksma and was escorted to his office. Casper was also in the office when she arrived and asked the student if she had brought a vape. When the student denied vaping with her, she claimed Casper “threatened” to conduct a search.
That’s just what Casper did, according to the lawsuit.
PUPIL 1 told Investigator Sherman that Casper escorted her to the nurse’s office and proceeded to force her to take off her shoes and shirt as she stood in the private bathroom at the back of the office. The door remained open when the school nurse, whom PUPIL 1 said she first met that day, looked and helped her look through her clothes for a vape or cartridge.
According to the complaint, Casper then instructed PUPIL 1 to take off her pants, prompting the student to say she was not wearing any underwear. The student told Investigator Sherman she didn’t feel “comfortable” at the time.
“PUPIL 1 claims that she suffered from ‘PTSD’ due to past trauma in her life and ‘paniced’ when someone told her to take her clothes off,” the complaint said.
Upon hearing this, Casper informed PUPIL 1 that she would instead “paddle her,” according to the complaint.
PUPIL 1 said she thought Superintendent Casper would just pat her but she started at the waistband of her pants and slid her hands down her legs to her knee/calf area. PUPIL 1 states Superintendent Casper never wears her underpants even checking her waistband. PUPIL 1 said Director Casper then walked behind her and placed her hand on her waist just below the waistband of her pants and then she slid her hand down “across the butt” and continued down the back of her leg on her knee. PUPIL 1 then stated while Director Casper was examining her leg for the first time she “hugged her arms around her thighs”. PUPIL 1 states Superintendent Casper never moves his hand “upwards” towards her private areas but only downwards along her thighs.
The experience of PUPIL 6, a 16-year-old student, was similar to that of PUPIL 1. She was also petted by Casper, she told Deputy Brandon Miller and Deputy Ryan Zahn of OCSO.
The other four women were all forced to remove their underwear and bras, which they told Investigator Sherman. He was accompanied by a sexual assault advocate when he visited each girl, according to the complaint.
When they were almost completely naked, those four students each claimed that they were instructed to pull their bras away from their bodies so Casper could check inside for any ink cartridges. This seems to be in response to the fact that PUPIL 1 had a cartridge fall out of her bra while she was getting dressed again after searching.
The complaint states that only two of the four girls allegedly ordered to take off their bras and underwear were found to have vapes – PUPIL 4 and PUPIL 5.
4, 16-year-old PUPIL had a vape in her coat pocket that was discovered prior to the alleged clothing search, but she was still forced to undress her in the nurse’s bathroom, she said. with Investigator Sherman.
PUPIL, 15, told Investigator Sherman that she admitted to vaping before being searched by Casper. She said that didn’t stop Casper from directing her to the nurse’s office for a closer look.
Investigator Sherman later spoke to the school nurse, who was present at each search. She is not named in the lawsuit and has not been charged.
Ms. NURSE remarked during the search, not a single girl among the girls seemed bothered by the search. Ms NURSE said of all the women involved in the search, she was probably the “most annoyed” with the searches. Director Casper talks to each girl telling them they’re “better than this”, they’re “making bad choices” telling each girl she’s “really interested in them” and her future their. Director Casper will tell them that she doesn’t want to look for them but also doesn’t want them to “do this” because they’re on the wrong track. Ms NURSE claims Director Casper is really letting the girls know “she cares” and wants them to make “better choices”.
Casper also spoke with Investigator Sherman, who stated that in each case, she informed the girls that they would be searched in the nurse’s office and then asked them to undress so she could examine them. review.
Casper said much less about the searches than the students in the complaint, but she did provide material that she feels supports her right to conduct searches the way she does. did with the girls.
She “provided certifications that show the different training she has taken over the years” including instruction on “where students hide things, how to ask questions properly, having a second person student search and search assistance and school search law.”
In Wisconsin, Section 118,305 gives school personnel the authority to confine a student in seclusion but under very specific instructions.
(2) Confidentiality; conditions of use. An insured individual may use seclusion on students at school only if all of the following apply:
(a) The student’s behavior represents a clear, present, and imminent risk to the physical safety of the student or others and is the least restrictive intervention that can be undertaken. can now.
(b) A sheltered individual maintains constant supervision of the student, either by remaining in the room or area with the student or by observing the student through a window that allows the sheltered individual to students can be seen at all times.
(c) A student room or area is to be segregated from objects or furnishings that could cause injury to a student.
(d) Students have full access to bathroom facilities, drinking water, necessary medications, and regularly scheduled meals.
(e) The period of seclusion is only as long as necessary to address an apparent, present, and imminent danger to the physical safety of the student or others.
118,305 (2) (f) (f) No door connecting a room or area where a student is isolated from other rooms or areas may be locked or have a lock on it.
“Based on information and good faith, Respondent has no authority to confine students, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6,” the deputy secretary wrote. Jess Keplinger.
“Moreover, as Administrator of the Suring School District, she knows she has no right to detain victims.”
Court records show Casper’s first court appearance will be on March 23.
Read the criminal complaint below:
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