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Friday, August 24, 2012

Moms Sue Fresno School District Over Bad Sex Education Policy

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 8:40 AM

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It appears the educators over in Fresno might have eaten one too many sandwiches from Chick-fil-A .

In the small suburb of Clovis, the school district is refusing to provide kids with sex education, telling students instead only to abstain from the natural act, and "get plenty of rest" to stave off gonorrhea, AIDs, et al., according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Clovis mothers Aubree Smith and Mica Ghimenti have teamed up with the American Academy of Pediatrics to sue the school over their unsexy sex-ed policy.

The plaintiffs claim that Clovis school officials have opted to disregard state law and just teach abstinence-only to their teens. California banned abstinence-only sex education in 2003, and requires schools to teach about FDA-approved methods of preventing STDs and pregnancies.

Yet Clovis seems to think it's taking the moral high ground.

Apparently, the problem isn't a new one, according to the aggravated parents. The school district has received complaints for years about their shoddy sex lessons; however, educators have continued to circumvent, disregard, or outright reject the complaints, according to the lawsuit.

California's financial cuts haven't helped in terms of combating STDs in the Central Valley, either, the mothers claim. The state already eliminated community-based sexual health programs, which means horny teens have no real access to sex education.

And the parents' complaints are legitimate: Since 2000, Fresno County's teens have been popping out babies more than any other California county. What's more, STDs run rampant among Central Valley youth, according to the parents.


The plaintiffs say the problem is with the textbook that's being used in class, Lifetime Health, which never even mentions condoms and recommends that marriage come before sex. And, not surprisingly, gay marriage doesn't count.

The textbook goes into gory detail when describing STDs, yet fails to mention STD-prevention methods, instead suggesting that students respect themselves, sleep well, don't share needles, don't drink or do drugs, and hang out in packs (group sex!), according to the lawsuit.

These concerned mothers have been hammering the school on this issue for some time. Throughout 2011, they sent letters to the school administration, denouncing Clovis' sex-education policy -- and the school did nothing, they claim. A formal letter from lawyers for the American Academy of Pediatrics successfully pushed the district into changing its middle school sex education programs, yet high schoolers are still being taught ignorance.

Simply put, the mothers want their kids to learn about sex -- and not in that James Hooker sort of way.

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