Published on May 5th, 2014 | by Nick Adams0
School FAIL: Buffalo Students Strip for “Puberty Exams”
May 5th, 2014 | by Nick Adams
A 16-year-old student at Bennett High School was told by the school nurse to pull her pants down in order to check her pubic hair, according to her mother as part of a press conference of concerned parents. The girl’s mother, Edie Harris, is livid.
Although Harris signed permission for the Tanner Exam—the portion of a physical that assesses degrees of puberty, she says that she was never informed of what that entails. Tanner staging requires the visual inspection of a child’s private parts. She alleges that there was no informed consent. In addition, due to her daughter’s age, a Tanner exam was not necessary.
The Tanner Exam, or Tanner staging, is required for younger students seeking a waiver to participate in high school sports. It is also used in cases of older students seeking a waiver to participate in lower level sports. Tanner staging is part of the physical examination requirement for the New York State Selective/Classification Program. Students not seeking waivers do not need their stage of puberty measured with Tanner exams. Nor is Tanner staging recommended for girls upon the onset of menses or anytime thereafter.