As everyone knows, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. That vast repository of experiences could now include children between the ages of five and eight learning about homosexuality and, of course, that “touching and rubbing one’s genitals to feel good is called masturbation.”
Even in Sin City, though, the Clark County School Board’s proposed new materials for sex education are going over very poorly, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
“You want to teach my five-year-old how to masturbate?” angry parent Julie Butler asked incredulously at Monday night’s contentious school board meeting.
School district officials have presented 101 pages of prospective changes to the way sex education is taught in Las Vegas public schools.
The current sex-ed coursework stresses that abstinence is a good idea and that students who do have sex should use contraceptives and do so safely. It’s all too way boring and square for school officials, apparently.
At the meeting, many parents expressed frustration about the proposed curriculum and also about how they are supposed to make their opinions known to the school board.
“I got six separate emails from different people,” parent Caryne Shea told local CBS affiliate KLAS-TV.
Part of the problem, it seems, is that school district officials don’t understand social media. They attempted to send only a few parents a survey about the proposed, ultra-comprehensive sex education coursework. However, those parents shared the survey with other parents, who shared it with still other parents. Soon, the survey intended for a select few had been transmitted throughout much of the local parent community.
“I don’t think any of us were ready for anything like that to come out,” stunned school district trustee Deanna Wright told the CBS station. “It was shocking.”
Students also spoke at the Monday night meeting — both for and against the proposed sex education curriculum.
“I received sex education in eighth grade and 10th grade,” said Caitlyn Caruso, a proponent of change, according to local ABC affiliate KTNV. “In eighth grade, I was taught little to nothing. I entered it as a sexual assault survivor and was told that if I did not wait to have sex until marriage, that I was impure and vile and it was not an okay thing.”
Another student, Chloe Davis, disagreed.
“I think I went through about 20 pages and I couldn’t continue with it because some of the stuff was just too disturbing to me at the age that I am and I’m 17-years-old,” Davis said, according to KTNV.