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School AIDS Assembly Goes Horribly Wrong (Photo)

| by Sean Kelly

A sex education speech at a Jenks, Oklahoma, high school went horribly wrong when the guest speaker stepped on stage and started saying something shocking. 

Brooklyn Wilson took to Facebook to recount the controversial speech made by speaker Shelly Donahue, who was reportedly not the first choice for the assembly. The school's usual group of potential speakers were not available.

"I am so incredibly disgusted and disappointed by Jenks Public Schools that I need to speak on it. So today our school decided to have a sex ed class, given to the entire senior class," Wilson wrote in a Facebook post that went viral.

"As usual, this sex ed class was based around the idea of abstinence (both a CLEARLY unrealistic and ineffective approach to teaching safe sex)." Next, Brooklyn claims a line was crossed and offered a direct quote from the speaker: "Do you know why girls are so desperate and always text guys first? Two words: Daddy. left."

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She continued: "I am DISGUSTED. How dare our school allow a statement so demeaning to girls and so belittling of broken families to be presented to a class of such impressionable and already insecure seniors."

Wilson went on to further shame Donahue and the school for promoting such a controversial speech.

"Daddy" leaving is a life changing and heartbreaking situation, but to stereotype and undermine girls by calling them "desperate" for having the confidence to text a guy first is SO OUT OF LINE. Parents, I would be furious if I sent my child to school and this is the way they are treated, with shame, guilt, and embarrassment being used as a way to try and prevent sex.

I am genuinely so upset and let down by a school I gave my trust and faith to, since kindergarten until now. I demand an explanation, not just an apology, but a re teaching of a positive, healthy, and secure way of having safe sex, that does not belittle other students family situations, which are already hard enough for them to deal with. It is heartbreaking the hate I was shown today by the adults who are supposed to be our leaders and protectors, and I cannot let it go unnoticed.

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Students were shocked by the speech, with many saying they were surprised by the message Donahue sent.

"For something like this to happen," senior Timber Canady told KTUL, "is really out of character for the school system."

Some of Donahue's message included comparing men to microwaves and women to crock pots.

The school district's Director of Communications, Rob Loeber, said that they spoke to Donahue before the assembly and she assured them that her speech was appropriate for the students. He also said that Donahue would not be asked back in the future.

"She gave assurances to our administrators that her presentation would be secular, not religious. Regrettably, she did not adhere to those standards," Loeber told Tulsa World. "Some of her comments strayed outside the realm of sex education or AIDS education. Those statements certainly would not be echoed or endorsed by Jenks Public Schools. Because of those misrepresentations, Ms. Donahue will not be asked to return."

Sources: Brooklyn Wilson/Facebook, KTUL, Tulsa World / Photo credit: PixabayBrooklyn Wilson/Facebook 

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