Binghamton, N.Y., parents say school strip-searched students
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — An upstate New York school district denied Thursday that four 12-year-old girls were subjected to strip searches in their middle school nurse’s office, an allegation that brought a throng of community members to a school board meeting to demand answers and disciplinary action against staff members.
The community group Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow urged people via social media to turn out at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The group said the girls, who are black, were questioned and ‘‘strip-searched’’ by the school nurse and assistant principal at Binghamton’s East Middle School on Feb. 15 because they seemed hyper and giddy during their lunch hour and were suspected of possessing drugs.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the school district said, ‘‘There has been a lot of misinformation being spread through social media from third parties. No students were strip-searched, nor were they punished.’’