Strip Search at New York Middle School Triggers Lawsuit

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) filed a lawsuit against a New York school district after four 12-year-old girls were reportedly subjected to an illegal strip search in January because they were “hyper” and “giddy.”

The law organization, along with the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, said in a statement on April 29 they filed the complaint on behalf of the girls’ parents. The girls — who are Black and Latinx — attended East Middle School in the Binghamton School District in Binghamton, New York. In January, they were talking and laughing in the hallway during their lunch period when they were escorted by Principal Tim Simonds and Assistant Principal Michelle Raleigh to the school nurse’s office because of their “unusual behavior,” according to the complaint.

While they were in the nurse’s office, school nurse Mary Ellen Eggleston “conducted intrusive and demeaning searches” and…

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