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Grayville Father Addresses Grayville School Board Over Alleged Strip Search of Student

story courtesy of Hailey Winkleman for WROY/WRUL News

A special meeting was called by the Grayville Board of Education on Monday evening to discuss a recent incident at the high school. The meeting was promptly called to order at six o’clock, and the board called roll and welcomed visitors. 

After the formalities were through, the board called for public comments specifically about the incident in question, asking if the family would like to speak first. Kyle Bassnet, the father of the student involved in the incident, came forward to speak.

Bassnet read from a prepared speech on a sheet of paper, his voice low and wavering. He explained that his daughter was “violated” on Thursday, September 29 by “untrained” employees Rita Rhinehart and Dawn Kleinschmidt at the school performing a strip search of her person. “They had no right,” Bassnet said. “Strip searches in Illinois are not supposed to be legal.” 

Bassnet met with school administrators Julie Harrelson, Jeff Fetcho, and Levi Johnson on Friday, September 30 about the ordeal. Allegedly, the three representatives agreed that the school was at fault and admitted that none of them know how to properly conduct a strip search.

Addressing the claim that the search was consensual, Bassnet explained that he and his wife did not realize it would be more than a pat down. “I wanted to keep this civil,” Bassnet said. “At no point in time did [we] think my daughter was going to be violated.” 

Despite finding nothing on her person, the student was allegedly declared guilty and threatened with a month of detention after the search. “School is supposed to be here to help protect the students, not violate them,” Bassnet said. Then, regarding principal Levi Johnson: “I am going after his license. I am going after his job.”

Bassnet requested that any further correspondence from the school board come to him in writing, then returned to his seat.

At this time, the board asked if anyone else would like to come forward with comments about the incident. After a long, deafening silence, they then asked for any general comments from the public. Again, no response. The board announced that they would enter a closed session and immediately adjourn, then left the room. No further public comments were made in the meeting by the board or the public.

As people filtered out of the gymnasium, students lingered to talk with one another about what happened. When asked for comment they said that the meeting “basically covered” their thoughts:

“She was violated – point blank.”

  1. Donnie
    October 3, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Heads would roll if this were my child.

  2. Cathy
    October 3, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Some how the children are no longer “safe” and that is my Personal opinion. My grandchildren are not angels by any means but they have been bullied and hit, pushed,slapped and for some reason they are the ones to blame… When they do as we have taught and that is to go to a teacher or adult once again they are punished for speaking and are punished for telling on the other child. When one of my babies get bullied funny the cameras never see anything but let another student say one of mine did something then the cameras work. My heart goes out to the Bassnet family and their child No parent should ever have to endure something like this. To the parents… Open your eyes and pay close attention. God Bless!

  3. Stephanie
    October 4, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Absolutely disgusting and sickening sue them all. Each and every one of them!

  4. Lynn
    October 4, 2022 at 10:57 am

    WOW! I feel for the “victim” in this incident! As a parent and grandmother ,now, I would see to it that that legally that thi matter is taken care of!

  5. Richard Gwaltney
    Richard Gwaltney
    October 4, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Just lawyer up and hold the two who did the search accountable for their actions. The School board would be wise to distance themselves. How they can judge a student guilty and threaten that student with a month’s detention smacks of the neo nazi tactics of our nations FBI.

  6. Annie
    October 4, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Come on peeps we are way way way to soft on kids just my opinion

    • Karen Akin
      Karen Akin
      October 8, 2022 at 8:51 am

      Wth is wrong with you? Those 2 women sexually assaulted that girl. Strip search is illegal in Illinois and she’s a minor. They are pedophiles and should be punished as such.

  7. Ellen Miller
    Ellen Miller
    October 5, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    No! No! And No!!! If this were my child…..After bonding out of jail for thoroughly beating these two women’s asses to Then I would sue the hell out of them and the school. My daughter would not attend another day there and I would see to it that her tuition at Any private school she chooses was paid by them!!!

  8. Rosemary York
    Rosemary York
    October 5, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    All I have to say if the school said they were gonna search my child in any manner I would say “ they would have to wait til I arrive to witness it”! Nobody is touching my child without me there

  9. Louis Amos
    Louis Amos
    October 6, 2022 at 9:17 am

    I have one granddaughter there in that school system. And like my Father always said ” Anyone harms my children or grandchildren, better give their soul to God, because their ass will be mine”

  10. Karen Akin
    Karen Akin
    October 8, 2022 at 8:47 am

    Absolutely disgusting that those 2 women sexually assaulted this girl. I’m sure the girl’s father can easily find a lawyer to take this case. Those 2 horrible women are guilty of sexual assault and should be convicted and pay for what they done to this girl. Sexual assault is traumatizing. Actually I would go after the principal and whole school system if it was my child. I’m sure this kind of abuse has happened before and they cover it up. Don’t let them have the chance to damage more children.


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