Father upset with terms on schoolâs sexual education poster
SHAWNEE, Kan. â A father said if his 13-year-old daughter hadnât taken a picture of a questionable public poster and shown him, heâd never have known the content. Now that he knows, heâs not happy.
Mark Ellis says his daughter goes to Hocker Grove Middle School in the Shawnee Mission School District. She was so shocked by what she recently saw on a poster at school, that she took a picture of it home and showed her parents.
Her dad initially assumed it was a student prank, until he called the school and found it was part of the curriculum.
âWhy would you put it in front of 13-year-old students?â he asked.
He thought the poster, which lists things like âoral sexâ and âgrinding,â mightâve been a prank until he contacted the school principal. He was told it was a teaching material. But Ellis is now concerned that whatâs on this poster is being taught to his daughter in school.
âIt upsets me. And again, it goes back to who approved this? You know this had to pass through enough hands that someone should have said, âWait a minute, these are 13-year-old kids, we do not need to be this in-depth with this sexual education type of program,ââ he said.
District spokeswoman, Leigh Anne Neal, says the poster needs to be viewed in the context of a bigger curriculum, which she calls abstinence-based for students in middle school.
âThe curriculum it is a part of, it aligns with national standards around those topics, and itâs part of our curriculum in the school district,â she said.
But Ellis thinks if thatâs the case, the curriculum needs to change.
âThis has nothing to do with abstinence or sexual reproduction, actually, a lot of these things,â he said. âI would like to see that this particular portion of the curriculum is removed from the school.â
And if the curriculum doesnât change, Ellis plans to remove his daughter from the sexual education classes.
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