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Civil Rights Groups Protest Binghamton School District

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Color of Change and NAACP-Broome Tioga Chapter gathered outside the Binghamton City School District Headquarters Tuesday with community members to protest what they say is an unsafe learning environment for black students and students of color.

The protest stems from an alleged strip search of four black girls and a Latino girl back on January 15th of this year.

There have been 80,000 signatures demanding justice for what happened to the students. 

  Protesters chanted and listened to multiple speeches from those in attendance before heading in the school office. 

Campaign Director for Color of Change, Evan Feeney said, "Our key objective here is to make sure the school board knows that this issue isn't going away just because schools letting out for the year. This is the last board meeting before the final week of school and all too often with issues like this, we see school boards try to just wait out the families, wait out the students but that's not going to happen. We're here to let them know this issue is going to keep moving forward."

Feeney also added, "The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is continuing to push forward with their federal civil rights lawsuit."

Protestors presented petitions to the Binghamton School Board during its last meeting before the school year ended.