updated 10/8/2008 12:38:31 PM ET 2008-10-08T16:38:31

Three seventh-grade girls at a school in Monroe were ordered to strip to their underwear while a teacher investigated the alleged theft of $42, their parents charge.

The principal of Trinity Lutheran School was placed on two-week leave and the investigation into the female teacher's alleged actions was continuing, Senior Pastor Stanley AuBuchon said Wednesday.

Three parents contacted police following the Oct. 1 incident at the school, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.

"They wanted to report a strip-search of seventh-grade girls," Deputy Chief Thomas Moore said Wednesday. "We're not talking about nude, but stripped down to their undergarments."

Police have interviewed the three girls who said they were ordered to disrobe. Investigators will turn over their information to the county prosecutor, possibly by the end of the week.

The school has 176 students from preschool through eighth grade. Names of the teacher and principal were not released, AuBuchon said.

The teacher has not been put on leave and is still teaching, AuBuchon said.

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