Posted February 01, Allegations four year-old girls were strip-searched for drugs at a school in upstate New York has prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to call for a full investigation into the case, which he says raises, "serious concerns of racial and gender bias". Binghamton City School District officials last week said the African-American girls were evaluated on January 15 by the nurse at Binghamton's East Middle School, but not strip-searched as their parents and a community group have described. But on Tuesday, the district said it had hired a local law firm to investigate and provide a "full and objective assessment".
A New York school district has denied that it recently subjected four year-old girls to strip searches in a middle school nurse's office, The Associated Press reported. In its statement, the district did not clarify what happened to the girls. But it did write that district officials have the right to conduct medical and physical evaluations if a student's behavior appears to be out of character. The district came under fire after the girls were allegedly questioned and strip-searched on Jan. Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow, a local organization, claimed that the girls were subjected to the search under the suspicion of possessing drugs after "appearing hyper and giddy during their lunch hour. About community members packed Tuesday's school board meeting where they questioned the accountability of those who work for the district. A middle school student who said her best friend was involved also addressed the board.
Andrew Cuomo announced he has also called on the State Education Department to investigate. Four black female students and their parents say the girls were questioned and strip-searched Jan. A statement distributed by local organization Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow alleged the girls were searched for "appearing hyper and giddy during their lunch hour. Community members rallied Tuesday afternoon at East Middle to show their support and to pressure the district into taking action.
Parents in upstate New York are calling for the resignation of two school employees amid claims that the employees told four year-old girls they had to be strip-searched because they were suspected of using drugs. They claim that three of the students were forced to strip down to their bras, with at least one student stripping down to her bra and underwear. These girls were sexually assaulted. The people involved should have been handcuffed, taken downtown and fired immediately. Binghamton City School District's board of education responded to claims middle school students were strip searched.