New York State Police have launched an investigation into the reportedly strip search of four 12-year-old girls at a middle school in Binghamton.
State police say they have assigned a team to investigate the claim that the girls were stripped searched after school leaders at East Middle School suspected they were on drugs because they were giddy.
“Given the severity of the allegations and the unrest they are causing in the community, State Police will thoroughly investigate this incident, in consultation with local authorities,” Acting State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said.
The announcement comes a day after Governor Cuomo called for an investigation into the strip search allegations.
Cuomo said the allegation that girls were strip searched for being hyper and giddy raise serious concerns of racial and gender bias.
The district maintains that it has no evidence that a strip search took place and that it has retained a Syracuse-area law firm to conduct an independent third-party investigation of its own. They have released a statement in regard to Cuomo’s investigation.