Parents Mad Over "Sexually Invasive" In-School Physical Exams

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) The District Parent Coordinating Council is now protesting the way "Tanner Stages" physical exams are conducted in Buffalo Public Schools.

"Tanner Stages" exams require a school nurse to visually inspect, and in some cases physically touch, student genitalia in order to determine if students are developing in an age-appropriate way.

"It is important from a medical standpoint, and its important from a safety standpoint," added Dr. Steve Lana, MD, Buffalo Public Schools Medical Director.

But are the exams being done is complete compliance with New York State Education Guidelines?

Several parents attending a press conference organized by the District Parent Coordinating Council said they are not.

"We have to take a stand right now and tell them it is not happening any more," explained angry parent Chauntney Johnson, mother of two elementary school age children.

The parent group is now calling on school district and state officials to review the way the exams are being conducted.

"We are concerned about the lack of informed consent," said Patricia Elliott from the District Parent Coordinating Council.

"Take a look parents. They are violating our children right in front of us," commented Chauntney Johnson.

Watch Ed Reilly's report