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Katelyn Campbell Protests ‘Slut-Shaming’ Assembly At Her High School

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The student body vice president of a West Virginia high school is filing an injunction against her principal for threatening to punish her for protesting a school assembly promoting abstinence. Katelyn Campbell says that Washington High School principal George Aulenbacher threatened to call Wellesley College (where she will be going in the fall) and tell the school that she has “bad character.”

Campbell refused to attend the assembly, which was funded by a conservative religious organization called “Believe in West Virginia,” and claimed that assembly speaker Pam Stenzel was guilty of “slut shaming.” Stenzel promotes an abstinence-only agenda and often uses somewhat controversial language, according to Think Progress.

Stenzel reportedly told students, “If you take birth control, your mother probably hates you,” and, “I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.” She also made the claim that condoms are not safe.

Principal Aulenbacher didn’t really understand why Campbell was so upset with what Stenzel had to say. “The only way to guarantee safety is abstinence,” he said. “Sometimes, that can be a touchy topic, but I was not offended by her.”

Campbell hopes that filing the injunction will help other teens become more aware of the options that are available to them.

“West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” Campbell said. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed. Our nurse wasn’t allowed to talk about where you can get birth control for free in the city of Charleston.”

Sources: Think Progress, International Business Times