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Calls for enquiry after claims black girls strip searched

INVESTIGATION; New York governor Andrew Cuomo has called the reports disturbing

CLAIMS THAT four black schoolgirls were strip searched at a school in New York have prompted calls for an investigation.

The 12-year-old girls and their parents have said that the students were forced to take off their clothes by the assistant principal of East Middle School in Binghamton, and school nurse.

Speaking to local radio station WSKG, one of the girls, who didn’t give her name, said she was told to pull down her trousers and then her leggings that she wore underneath them.

Responding to the incident on Twitter, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said: "The allegations that four 12-year-old girls were strip-searched are disturbing and raise serious concerns of racial and gender bias. In NY, we have zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind. I am calling on the State Education Dept to launch an investigation.”

NBC reported that the school board said “misinformation” in relation to the incident had been spread on social media and that the evaluation the students underwent can require the removal of “bulky outside clothing to expose an arm so that vitals like blood pressure and pulse can be accessed,” NBC News reported.

According to reports, the girls, who are understood to have been searched after school staff believed they had drugs in their possession, were not suspended or reprimanded and they were given permission to return to their class after being assessed.

Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow, a grassroots organisation based in Binghamton that tackles racial injustice, told NBC News: “The Binghamton City School District should never have stated ‘no students were strip-searched,’ solely due to an assumed lack of evidence — especially before the criminal, state or independent investigation has been concluded.”

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