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megimoo
01-23-2010, 09:01 AM
Mother Sues (Nashville TN) Schools Over Unauthorized Gynecological Exam (6 Year old child),Trashville City Paper

"Snoopy Nurse No Doubt Looking For Evidence Of Family Sexual Abuse !"

An Antioch woman is suing the Metro Board of Education and a former nurse at Mt. View Elementary, claiming the nurse performed a gynecological exam on her daughter without her consent.

Seeking unspecified damages, the woman claims the exam inflicted emotional distress on her daughter, resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to documents filed in Davidson County Circuit Court on Wednesday, the 6-year-old girl had a history of bladder and urinary tract infections. On Oct. 28, the girl complained to her teacher of genital pain, the filing says. Her mother confirmed to the teacher that the girl had a doctor appointment in a couple of days.

The following day the girl was taken out of art class and brought before the school nurse, who no longer works at Mt. View Elementary. The nurse asked the girl, the filing says, "if anyone had touched her privates. The girl said, "No."

"(The nurse) then took (the girl) to the bathroom and had her pull down her pants and panties and squat. She then told (the girl) to open her private. (The nurse) then told her, "it's not red, you can pull your pants up."

http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/mother-sues-schools-over-unauthorized-gynecological-exam

Sonnabend
01-23-2010, 09:19 AM
Doesnt matter what the nurse intended, wrong procedure. A minor should always be seen by a doctor in offices, and ALWAYS with the parent on hand. If she had a drs appt scheduled, then the nurse should have called the doctor first for advice.

Either way she fucked up.

And the mother should have been called beforehand.

Gingersnap
01-23-2010, 11:17 AM
A school nurse isn't qualified to perform that kind of examination under any circumstances. At most, she could have called the parent and advised her to get that appointment bumped up. :rolleyes:

PoliCon
01-23-2010, 11:20 AM
school staff are under a heavy burden when it comes to suspectd child abuse. This lady overstepped herself - but then so do the laws with regards to consiquences for teachers and school staff who do not report child abuse when it's suspected.

noonwitch
01-25-2010, 09:59 AM
school staff are under a heavy burden when it comes to suspectd child abuse. This lady overstepped herself - but then so do the laws with regards to consiquences for teachers and school staff who do not report child abuse when it's suspected.



The schools have rules about reporting suspicions to CPS or the police, they are not supposed to examine a child in that way ever. It would be different to look at a child's arm or leg for bruises, but this is intimate. Most states require CPS to obtain a court order to get a ob/gyn exam of a small child, if the parent won't consent or there is reason not to tell the parent. A teenager has the right to refuse a pelvic exam.

A kid with chronic bladder infections might just be a kid who swims a lot, a kid who has diabetes or some other underlying condition, or a kid who has been sexually abused. The teacher should have called the parent and asked sensitively about why the kid had to go to the bathroom so much first, because then the parent would have told her if there was some other condition or if the doctor was treating the problem, and could have put her suspicions to rest.


Iin addition, if the child was truly being sexually abused, the nurse could have messed up the chain of evidence.