Parents Want School To Put Brakes On New “Soft Porn” Sex Ed Class

Posted on October 18, 2012

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Texas (The Gaslamp Post) – Parents are saying that it’s too much, too soon.  A recent program change to the traditional sexual education taught through the Cypress Fairbanks Independent school district, has drawn hundreds of complaints from parents.

The new program entitled “It’s Your Game – Keep It Real,” which was set to begin being taught to 7th and 8th graders at the end of this month, has many concerned parents coming out against the curriculum.  Parents were reported to have been sent permission slips in order to secure their consent before the classes could begin.

Parents in the school district had created a Facebook group called, “Cy-Fair Parents Against Safer Sex-Ed for 7th & 8th Graders” last month, in order to bring the new lessons to the attention of other parents.  After reviewing the material, many are saying that the material is way too explicit for kids that age.

Some parents objected to seventh-graders being exposed to explicit descriptions of anal and oral sex, older actors in provocative situations and an interactive presentation that details different forms of contraception. The interactive cites “choosing to wait” as the most effective choice and “hope” as the least effective, and it includes details about protection against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

“There’s content in almost every single lesson that is objectionable,” said Christine Kalmbach, a parent of a seventh-grade student, who started the online petition.

The curriculum’s developer, IYG, aims to “prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV,” and says that this program was designed specifically for 7th and 8th graders.  Parents however, are having an issue with references to alcohol and drug use and having the students act out scenarios.

“I think it’s soft porn when they have a girl on the couch and she says, ‘Let me help you put the condom on,’” one angry parent, Mayte Weitzman, was quoted as saying in reference to one of the IYG videos.

“It is shocking to me when I sit and look at this and find myself having to tell my 12-year-old some of these concepts,” added Mindy Lucas, a frustrated mother of a  seventh grade student.

After a recent meeting with parents, school officials have decided to put off the last 4 of the 12 lessons, and instead reserve them for 8th graders only.  Lessons 9 – 12 involve information on dating, adult relationships, and contraception use.  It will be included along with the other 12 lessons that were already planned.

School officials plan to reevaluate the material in the interim.