A coalition of parents with children in one California high school are upset over the content of their children’s sex education class.
Fox News reports parents of students at Acalanes High School in Lafayette were angry to find out that the class was being taught by employees of a nearby Planned Parenthood facility instead of school employees. The parents also reportedly took issue with some of the materials used in the class, including a worksheet with a checklist to determine if they are “ready for sex” and a diagram with a “genderbread” person meant to teach lessons about gender identity.
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute, a conservative legal defense organization, is assisting the parents.
“[Parents] are very concerned,” Dacus said. “Planned Parenthood is not exactly the best when it comes to putting young people first. They get more grants from the promiscuity of children. The material they have provided was material that mirrored their agenda.”
Camille Giglio, a parent with children at the school, echoed those concerns when she spoke recently to CBS-San Francisco. She said Planned Parenthood was a business that “sells sex.”
Dacus said parents grew concerned when a group of students said one of the instructors threw a model of female reproductive organs at them. The students also reportedly told their parents they felt the classes were pressuring them to have sex.
But Megan Yee, a student who took the class, told KPIX she never felt she was being encouraged to have sex and didn’t think Planned Parenthood was promoting its own services.
District Superintendent John Nickerson said the classes emphasize abstinence and it was “given value” in the class.
That’s not enough for some parents who have put together a petition — said to already have 100 signatures — that demands the district allow parents to sit in on a preview of the class before deciding whether or not to opt their child out of the course. The parents also want the district to develop and implement its own curriculum rather than have Planned Parenthood teach the course.