Nearly 100 people rallied outside East Middle School in Binghamton to protest an alleged strip search of four young girls.
Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow, or PLOT, organized the rally, claiming that four black 12 year old girls were strip searched at the school on January 15th.
According to the group, the girls were searched after their lunch hour on suspicion that they were using drugs because of their ‘hyper and giddy’ behavior.
They say none of the parents gave consent for the searches and were not contacted until after the fact.
The organization says the school’s Principal, Assistant Principal and nurse who administered the search should all be removed for showing poor judgment resulting in child trauma.
PLOT member Shanel Boyce says this is not an isolated incident. “There aren’t two sides to this story there is only one side and that’s the truth. Black girls must be believed, we’re supposed to always believe the victims we don’t believe the people that have something to gain by exploiting them. These girls have nothing to gain, they were traumatized, they didn’t even fully comprehend what had happened to them. All they knew is that they were crying, they were sleeping all day and they had no sense of hope, their hope had been stolen from them.”
The Binghamton City School District issued a statement today saying that they have no evidence that a strip search was conducted.
The district says the girls underwent a medical assessment to determine a cause for their abnormal behavior.
The school has hired the Syracuse-area law firm Ferrara Fiorenza to conduct an independent third-party investigation of the incident.