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Education Dept to Investigate Binghamton School Incident

Governor Cuomo is calling on the State Education Department to investigate strip search allegations at a Binghamton Middle School. Cuomo also directed state police to launch an investigation and to assist local authorities. In a statement released Wednesday, the Governor said the allegations that 12-year-old girls were strip searched for drugs after being perceived as ‘hyper and giddy’ at a Binghamton middle school were deeply disturbing and raise serious concerns of racial and gender bias. Asking a child to remove her clothing — and then commenting on her body — is shaming, humiliating and traumatic sexual harassment. In New York, Cuomo said he stands with those who are calling for clarity on this troubling incident.