ORLANDO, FL – Kids playing doctor is a natural thing. And it’s pretty cute, too. An innocent way to play.
But according to this federal lawsuit filed by two former Valencia College students, playing doctor in their classes went way beyond cute and innocent.
They claim the Florida college required them to endure repeated exams from transvaginal probes as part of their classroom training.
The lawsuit claims medical diagnostic students learned how to use the equipment by undergoing weekly vaginal exams from classmates, including a male student. They say staff members also made suggestive sexual comments during the exams.
Their attorney says he doesn’t understand why the school forced the students to have other students probe their sexual organs when the college has anatomically correct simulators to practice on, and provides real-world experience in a hospital with actual patients who need a transvaginal probe.
The suit also claims the chair of the sonography program told them to find another school if they didn’t want to be probed.
The school says probing the genitals of students is “a nationally accepted practice”, but adds it will “review this practice and others to ensure that they are effective and appropriate for the learning environment.”
You can bet the two students are just waiting for the day when they can finally tell the school to “probe this.”