Principal, Staffer Suspended for Distributing "Fetus dolls"

| by Jill Stanek

I posted this story as the Virginian-Pilot, May 21:

Plastic human fetus dolls - soft, in pink and brown, and about 4" long - have been handed out at Oakwood Elementary School [Norfolk, VA] by an employee who was put on administrative leave Thursday over the situation....

The dolls, which were distributed over weeks or months, are not authorized by the division as instructional materials, spokeswoman Elizabeth Thiel Mather said Thursday. Mather said the employee will remain on leave until school officials investigate the reports....

Principal Sheila Tillett Holas was put on leave today.... The division began its investigation after The Pilot asked school leaders this week about the fetus dolls.

The distribution of the life-like forms among grade school children shocked and repelled some parents and teachers and School Board members who discussed them in a closed meeting this week.

First, this is the sort of "investigative journalism" we get from MSM these days? 2nd, what in the h-e-double bamboo shoots is the problem with giving 3rd-5th grade children baby dolls? What's the difference between this doll and any other baby doll? Yet here are incredibly obtuse quotes from school board members, from the Virginian-Pilot:

  • "It is hard to imagine that we would have an employee who believes it would be appropriate to share plastic fetus dolls with students in one of our schools." ~ School Board Chairman Stephen Tonelson

  • "Very life like, and it's a pro-life tool. To be quite honest, that is so incredible to me, that a staff member would do something so... entirely inappropriate and unacceptable. [Board members] were all pretty dumbfounded." ~ Board member Kirk Houston Sr.


  • "The administration has to look at that. That's obviously inappropriate." ~ Board member Billy Cook

    WAVY-TV did a hit job against rationality in its May 21 news story, reporting there was "a lot of upset, a lot of outrage" that these "fetus figures," also described as "squishy, fleshlike figures," were distributed to children with a "clear anti-abortion message attached."

    What was that message? According to the WAVY report (which

    Something interesting I realized when reading up on this, which makes total sense given the ideology at work. "Comprehensive sex ed" focuses only on the developing bodies and body parts of born people, not preborn people. Here are "guidelines" from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States for Level 1 sex ed for ages 5-8 (8yo = 3rd grade), quoting:

    • A boy/man has nipples, a penis, a scrotum, and testicles.

    • A girl/woman has breasts, nipples, a vulva, a clitoris, a vagina, a uterus, and ovaries.

    • Some sexual or reproductive organs, such as penises and vulvas, are external or on the outside of the body while others, such as ovaries and testicles, are internal or inside the body.

    • Both boys and girls have body parts that feel good when touched....

    • Men and women have reproductive organs that enable them to have a child.

    • Men and women have specific cells in their bodies (sperm cells and egg cells) that enable them to reproduce.

    • Reproduction requires that a sperm and egg join.

    • Vaginal intercourse - when a penis is placed inside a vagina - is the most common way for a sperm and egg to join.

    • When a woman is pregnant, the fetus grows inside her body in her uterus.

    • A woman can be pregnant with more than one fetus at a time.

    • Babies usually come out of a woman's body through an opening called a vagina.

    The Norfolk Public School System apparently apparently doesn't begin sex ed until 6th grade, but I am curious to know what 3rd-5th graders are taught about human biology.