Student Posters at Health Fair Stir Sex Ed. Controversy

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
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The birds and bees are a fact of life, but how early should our kids be taught about them? It's a question being debated in one local school district after a mom says her eighth grade daughter was given a graphic lesson in how to use a condom at school.

Sara Brown was shocked when her 13-year old daughter came home from Rosholt Middle School two weeks ago and said she was shown posters at a health fair about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and how to uses a condom. Her daughter also said the class was given a demonstration on the proper way to use a condom using a banana.

Brown tells NewsChannel 7 what surprised her most of all was the timing of all this. Just two weeks earlier she had spoken with the principal about wanting her daughter to opt out of sexual education and he assured her the Middle School does not teach sex ed. Now, she feels like her rights as a parent have been violated.

"I feel like I was totally disrespected as her parent and told you don't get a say in this we're just going to do what we please with your child. I don't think that that's fair," she says.

Brown ads she would like to see the school board take up the issue and have teachers and school administrators take some kind of class on what is and is not appropriate.

Meanwhile Brown's daughter, Harley Rogers, says she wishes she would have known about the presentation in advance.

"I was pretty uncomfotable because it was boys and girls in the class and we were all walking around," Rogers explains. "We didn't feel that it was right."

The school has since apologized for the presentations saying they crossed the line. The teacher of the class has also apologized and called the incident an error in judgement. Middle and High School Principal James Grygleski tells NewsChannel 7 the Middle School does not teach sex ed and the focus of the presentation was not on contraception, but on preventing STDs and healthy behaviors. He says no other parents have complained.

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