Cuomo Orders Investigation Into Alleged Binghamton Strip Search

Binghamton, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo is weighing in asking State Police to investigate allegations that a group of 12-year-old girls were strip searched for drugs at a Binghamton middle school.

Social media allegations by the parents of some Binghamton Middle Schoolers has gotten the attention of Gov. Cuomo.

"I called on the State Education Department to investigate disturbing allegations that 12-year-old girls were strip searched for drugs after being perceived as 'hyper and giddy' at a Binghamton middle school," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. "The traumatizing alleged treatment of students raises serious concerns of racial and gender bias that have no place in our schools or anywhere in our state."

Cuomo is also ordering the State Police to investigate the incident. "We will determine the facts of the situation and hold any wrongdoers responsible to the full extent of the law."

District Officials say that there were concerns that the girls were under the influence of drugs and they performed a routine medical examination. That examination may have required the removal of bulky outside clothing to expose an arm in order to take blood pressure.

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