Some parents are appalled by the Chicago Public Schools' sex ed course for fifth- and sixth-graders.
The controversy began when the Andrew Jackson Language Academy showed parents the sex ed health curriculum last Wednesday, noted DNAInfo.com (video below).
The sex ed material was approved by the school board back in February of 2013 because Cook County, which includes Chicago, had a high level of gonorrhea and syphilis.
Dr. Stephanie Whyte, chief officer of student health and wellness at Chicago Public Schools, said during a presentation at the time that more than half of all public high-school students said they had sex and 12 percent said they engaged in intercourse before the age of 13.
Whyte added that more than a third had not used a condom the last time they had sex and more than 25 percent said they had never been taught about AIDS.
However, parents seemed more outraged by the sex ed materials than the possible spread of disease or HIV.
"It definitely gets to an inappropriate level – things I wouldn’t even discuss in my own personal life," parent Rachel Gigliotti told NBC Chicago. "Sex with a condom, sex without a condom, sex with lube, things that no sixth grader should ever be exposed to.”
“Sexual awareness, okay, but how to use a condom, and that it was going to be shown how, is a little bit extreme,” added parent Tamara Gear.
"I'm appalled," an anonymous parent told DNAInfo.com. "It doesn't necessarily meet the kids where they are at. Talking about lube and the heat that would be generated by using a female condom is not appropriate for a fifth-grader."
"The curriculum is appalling," Angela Bryant, chairwoman of the Local School Council, told DNAInfo.com. "The language to me was the most offensive part initially. Pop and lube, lube lube, and those kid of things ... [It] serves to rob many of our children of their innocence."
In response to the parental outrage, Chicago Public Schools spokesman Bill McCaffrey said in a statement last Friday: "The objectionable material presented at Andrew Jackson Language Academy this week is not and never was part of the student sexual education curriculum. It was mistakenly downloaded and included in the parent presentation, and we agree with parents it is not appropriate for elementary school students."
The same content was reportedly uploaded to the website of the Waters Elementary School in April.
School officials are allowing parents to pull their children out of the sex-ed classes so they will not be exposed to the scientifically correct prevention information.