Schools could face lawsuits if they don’t force girls to undergo a “health examination …
Being both an advocate for child safety and a parent I have concerns.
My child loves sports so a full physical was state law. I’m not unfamiliar with a child’s physicians inspecting boys private regions. With boys, groin injuries become another thing you have to learn about.
I get that states have to be concerned for the health, safety, and well-being of all students.
I also get that their wallets have to be concerned about liability.
Still, there will be questions and concerns from educators, parents, guardians, and students.
What is involved in so-called “genital inspections”? Observation of genitalia? More?
Why is it that only the girls are subjected to these verifications of sex?
If a child is new to the state or doesn’t often see a doctor, will there be an approved list of doctors? Will any doctor do? Is a certain type of specialist required? (Ex: some parents have children who see a specialist more often than they see the child’s pediatrician.)
Will physicians be required to examine children in the presence of parent/guardian? nurse? (Hopefully, yes)
Are physicals required for all students to play on sports teams? (Hopefully, yes. To turn these examinations into something that is only required for students whose sex/sexuality is a question to someone is a set-up for bullying, self-esteem issues, depression etc….)
What would be the objection to making this a part of all student sports physicals?
Where do the various organizations and child safety activists stand on this issue?
If parents need to make a complaint, who do they speak with?
Protect all students