Civil rights group demands a public apology for alleged strip search


A civil rights group is demanding a public apology from the Binghamton City School District for an alleged strip search of four 12 year-old black girls last month at East Middle School.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund sent a letter to the district that also seeks punishment for the principal, assistant principal and school nurse over their role in the alleged search.

Writing on behalf of the parents, the organization also asks for mandated training for the school’s staff and mental health and support services for the girls who they say were traumatized.

The district says it has no evidence that a strip search took place.

It has said that the girls were asked to remove outer garments in order to conduct a medical assessment.

Meanwhile, the School Administrators Association of New York State has come to the defense of Binghamton Schools saying that the community should be patient and not rush to judgment as it awaits the outcome of multiple investigations into the matter.

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