I am a girl attending a boarding high school in the US. In June, some students who returned to the dorm early saw some male teachers exiting their rooms. They reportedly ran back to the school building without answering any questions when they saw the students. That night, multiple students shared that their drawers were seemingly searched and in some cases underwear and other things were missing.
In the monthly school meeting the search became the main topic. Eventually a high-ranking teacher attempted to clarify what happened. He claimed that they "had suspicion" that someone was hiding illegal firearms in their room, but they could not narrow it down so they had to search all the rooms, both the boys' and the girls'. They declined to explain any further on the reasoning behind the suspicion and merely added they reported it to the police and received permission. The session was then dismissed much earlier than usual.
The speaker was visibly shaking so I doubted that was the real reason. The distrust only grew when we contacted the local police and an officer told us that they never received such report from our school.
The rhetoric has changed ever since. Here is a non-exhaustive list of excuses they came up to cover up the situation.
- Local police authorized search due to firearm suspicions - debunked, never alerted the police
- A majority of all students agreed to the search - debunked, no school-wide poll
- The student council unanimously agreed to the search - debunked, no such topic was discussed
- A majority of all parents agreed to the search - debunked, no such notice to parents
- A majority of parents in the school board agreed to the search - debunked, never happened
- The teachers were substituting dorm workers on vacation to fix dorm equipment - debunked, workers were present
The list goes on and on and I find it pathetic that they are still not apologizing even though two months have passed and we are in vacation. I wonder, had at least one of the excuses listed above been true, would that have validated male teachers from intruding our private space? If our parents or our student representatives agree, can they really enter our rooms even though we were never asked nor notified about it?