Jay Middle School in Jay, Oklahoma, came under fire recently when it was discovered what students were being taught in the classroom about sex education. Though the curriculum was approved at the district level, parents became concerned when their children reported to them in tears what they had learned in school.
One of those enraged parents was Mandy Callihan, the mother of a 12-year-old daughter who came to her crying earlier in October after she became distraught over her sex education assignment, according to The Blaze. Callihan, after she read the worksheet, understood why.
Callihan posted a portion of the worksheet on Twitter, which is too graphic to repost. The questions were a fill-in-the-blank format under the category of “What is Sex?” Students had to write in the missing words that detailed graphically various kinds of sexual contact. The questions ranged from mutual masturbation to anal sex.
Callihan expressed her frustration through Facebook. Her voice reached the ears of other concerned parents as well as local media outlets.
“I was appalled at what someone in our school system had deemed appropriate to talk to my child about. My TWELVE year old child (who still colors in coloring books). In a room where boys and girls are combined. With male instructors (or female, depending on the time of day, I guess) who are not teachers (or Nurses) in our school system,” she wrote.
Infuriated, she stated that she had not been made aware of the school’s plans to teach her daughter about masturbation and sex.
“They most certainly did NOT say, ‘Hey moms and dads we’re gonna be teaching your very young sons and daughters about masturbating by themselves (and mutual masturbation with partners), spend some time talking about oral sex, and anal sex,'” she added.
To add distaste to the already troubling mix, Callihan said a male teacher allegedly told his male students in front of the co-ed class, “’when [you] are going down on a girl, and it looks like cauliflower, you need to just get up out of there.’”
After Callihan contacted the school district to understand why this was happening, she was given a stiff arm. Each school personnel told her that what they were doing was approved and okay.
“The teacher said it was board approved,” she wrote. “The school counselor said it was board approved. The school nurse said it was board approved. The Principal said ‘HE approved it and there was nothing wrong with it.”
The school district apparently sent home a pamphlet notifying the parents of the sex education component, said Callihan, but she affirms that she never received it and that it even if she had, it did not require a consenting signature from a parent.
Callihan and her husband then reached out to the superintendent, who contacted her only after a week went by and a local news station had caught wind of the school’s sex education class. Callihan said that the curriculum had been pulled for the remainder of the year, but there was no indication that it would remain shelved, as administrators said they had to teach it as per state requirements, she said.
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