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New Jersey Kids Could Be Taught Puberty Blockers Are OK, Frequent Masturbation Is ‘Healthy’

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Sample lesson plans for New Jersey public schools include videos that promote masturbation and puberty blockers for students as young as 10.

Elementary aged children in the state’s public schools could be taught that puberty blockers are a good way to “manage” adolescence and masturbation “a few times a day” can help “relieve stress,” according to state sample lesson plans shared by Republican New Jersey state Senator Holly Schepisi on Dropbox.

“Today I reviewed all of the model school instruction materials and I truly think New Jersey has lost its damn mind,” Schepisi posted to Facebook.

Several lesson plans were given to parents at the Westfield Board of Education’s meeting on Feb. 22, according to Fox News.

As part of a proposed homework assignment for fifth graders called “It’s All about the Hormones,” students would be shown a video called “Puberty and Transgender Youth” by the organization AMAZE.

“Whether you identify as male, female, gender queer or something else, you’re perfectly normal, and there are lots of ways to manage puberty so that it can be a fun, exciting time rather than a scary or stressful one,” the video says.

Students are led to their classroom by Marisa Wiezel (who is related to the photographer), a teacher at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on March 07, 2022 in New York City. Despite the fact that masks are optional for public school children in New York City from kindergarten and above as of today, most students and teachers were still wearing them. New York Mayor Eric Adams lifted the mask mandate in New York City schools hours after Gov. Kathy Hochul announced in late February that she would lift the statewide mandate. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Students are led to their classroom on March 07, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

“After some discussion and counseling, you may be referred to an endocrinologist,” the video adds. “Endocrinologists specialize in hormones, and they’re the most likely to prescribe puberty blockers for someone who wants them. Puberty blockers are medications that will stop your body from changing.” (RELATED: GOP Lawmaker Claims School Officials In His State Found A Loophole In The Ban On CRT)

One AMAZE video in a fifth grade sample lesson called “Masturbation: Totally Normal,” tells students that masturbating up to “a few times a day” is a “physically safe way to express sexual feelings.” Another AMAZE video “Females and Masturbation” explains masturbation as “a way to relieve stress.”

The New Jersey Department of Education told the Daily Caller News Foundation that it does not mandate specific curriculum and that “it is the responsibility of local school districts to create curriculum, tailored to and in consultation with their communities, in order to implement standards within the understanding of local setting and context.”

“The law also recognizes the deeply personal nature of potentially sensitive topics, and allows parents or guardians to opt out of portions health, family life education, or sex education that conflicts with their conscience or moral or religious beliefs,” the statement added.

“While some of the lessons I agree with, many are completely overboard with cringy detail for young kids and some go so far as unnecessarily sexualizing children further,” Schepisi said on Facebook. She highlighted one AMAZE video titled “Is It Normal To Watch Porn?”

“One of the very first videos posted normalizes porn as ‘something everyone watches’ and ‘Hey it’s Free!'” she said. “I encourage all parents to take a look and decide if this is something they deem appropriate for kids this age.”

The teaching materials are a “sample list of resources” that line up with state policy, but are not official policy of Westfield Public Schools, a spokesperson for the district told Fox News.

Students as young as second grade will be taught about gender identity under New Jersey’s new sex education guidelines, which go into effect in September.

Westfield Public Schools did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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