A poster listing how people express their sexual feelings has some Kansas parents freaking out after one middle-school student took a picture of the poster. Mark Ellis, dad to a 13-year-old Hocker Grove Middle School student, said he thought at first the picture was a hoax, but after calling the school and confirming the poster was real, he was incredulous.
The poster, type set in black, features no pictures, and lists activities like “kissing,” “grinding” and “oral sex.”
Some parents don’t have a problem with the class and plan on leaving their children in it. Lyssa Watland’s mom, Jennifer, said that the kids probably already have learned the words from their friends.
Lyssa agreed and said, “It’s just a poster, eye-popping, but it’s better they show us now than later on.” Lyssa added, “There are kids honestly that are my age who are sexually active and they don’t know the consequences.”
Anyone who remembers being 13 would probably agree, even if 13-year-olds are not sexually active, the majority were thinking about it. A lot. However, after parental freaking reached a fevered pitch, calling the poster “X-Rated“, the school’s superintendent announced the poster would be taken down while it was “under review.” Hinson then released the following statement:
[box type=”shadow”]Dear Parents of Shawnee Mission Students,
This week, the district’s health curriculum related to human sexuality has been in the news. Concerns were expressed over a poster that was hanging in a classroom at a middle school that was part of a supplemental instructional resource. We recognize that there is a broad range of opinion regarding how this type of information should be shared, and it is important that parents are informed regarding instruction in their child’s classroom. As this time, the district has suspended the use of the Making A Difference instructional resource supplement pending a detailed review of the material. In Shawnee Mission, parents may review curricular materials. The district honors parent requests for non-participation for their child during the human sexuality-instruction. Parents may contact their child’s teacher to review curriculum and instructional materials, and consent for non-participation forms may be requested from the school principal.
Our goal is to effectively communicate with parents on sensitive issues, so that parents are able to make informed decisions that are in the best interest of their child.
Kansas law states that “Abstinence-Plus” be stressed in Kansas classrooms. Abstinence is stressed as the best way to handle sexual urges, but schools can also include information about STDs and birth control. Parents must give permission for their children to participate in the class.
If you’re curious just how clued-in kids are these days, check out this little girl explain big corporate marketing and sexism.
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h/t: Think Progress