Teacher's sex-ed talk riles parents
Here's the kicker, the good stuff, the oppression and the bullshit.Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, opened a bill file this week and said he will introduce legislation in January that would enforce criminal penalties on teachers who deviate from state law governing sex education, which requires that it focus on physical and emotional development of adolescents, healthy relationships and the threat and prevention of diseases. The law prohibits promoting or encouraging sexual behavior. His bill also would create a registry to record the names of teachers who violate the law.
Wimmer said he decided to act after hearing this week from parents about an incident at Fort Herriman Middle School. The Jordan School District is investigating allegations that a seventh- and eighth-grade health teacher violated the sex education statute by responding to questions from students about topics beyond the core curriculum, including homosexual sex, oral sex and masturbation.
Thursday morning, students put up signs at the school supporting the teacher that read, "We were the ones asking her questions."
Sirois said he took down the signs because he does not want the matter to become divisive while it is still under investigation.Now if only the parents could be held accountable for not teaching their kids properly in the first place so Sex Ed wouldn't even be required to begin with."I'm really angry right now. I want someone to apologize to those kids and say 'I'm sorry this is not part of the curriculum,' " said Sara Dewitt, a parent who said she first heard about the teacher's comments from her child last Friday.
Dewitt called other parents in the area to inform them what she had learned from her son and advised them to talk to their own children.
"We are the parents. . . . We will require accountability on the part of the district," Smith said.
This doesn't make me unpissed or not angry or even incompletely outraged. Nope, not at all.