Parents outline demands, threaten lawsuit over alleged strip search of four black 12-year-old girls

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The parents of four preteen girls who say they were strip searched at East Middle School, have outlined a list of demands to the Binghamton City School District through the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which is representing the families.

According to a letter, sent by the New York City office for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, dated Feb. 7 and posted to its website, the alleged search of the four 12-year-olds, who are black, on Jan. 15 was “unlawful and demeaning.” Attorneys have requested a meeting within 10 days, and said if the demands are not met within 30 days the families may file suit.

“Four black and Latina girls were singled out by district school personnel for overly harsh and demeaning treatment, based upon race and gender stereotypes,” the letter reads.

The district has not yet responded to a request for comment regarding receipt of the letter.

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