A poster asking some Kansas middle school students a sexually provocative question. Parents, how would you feel if this greeted your 12-year-old?
“How do people express their sexual feelings,” the poster asks, before listing “touching each other’s genitals,” “anal sex” and “vaginal intercourse,” among other things, reports WDAF-TV, of the poster hung at Hocker Grove Middle School in the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas.
One dad, Mark Ellis says his 13-year-old daughter 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. So he demanded answers from the district:
“It 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, ‘Wait a minute, these are 13-year-old kids, we do not need to be this in-depth with this sexual education type of program,’” he said.
But the district stood its ground, and doubled down on its defense of the national standards that allow this to happen:
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.
“The poster that you reference is actually part of our middle school health and science materials, and so it is a part of our district approved curriculum,” Neal said. “However the item is meant to be part of a lesson, and so certainly as a standalone poster without the context of a teacher led discussion, I could see that there might be some cause for concern.”
She said that the approved curriculum is in line with what other schools around the country do as well.
“The curriculum it is a part of, it aligns with national standards around those topics, and it’s part of our curriculum in the school district,” she said.