Middle school strip search claims prompt state investigation

The New York State Police has launched an investigation into allegations that four 12-year old female students were subjected to strip searches in their middle school nurse's office.

It happened at East Middle School in Binghamton on January 15, 2019.  District officials last week said the girls, who are black, were evaluated by the nurse but not strip-searched.

But on Tuesday the district said it has hired a law firm to investigate.

"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 State Police team assigned to the case includes an investigator who is specially trained in interview techniques designed to assist victims in recalling details of traumatic incidents, as well as a second investigator with training and experience in dealing with child victims.

Members assigned to this case will work in consultation with the Binghamton Police Department and Broome County District Attorney.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has also directed the state Education Department to investigate the allegations.