Published June 22, 2010
Parents are outraged after young teenagers were instructed on graphic sexual acts during a Planned Parenthood sex education class at the local high school in Shenandoah, Iowa.
“It was horribly inappropriate,” Colleen Dostal told Fox News Radio. “To do that in a mixed-gender classroom, — I truly believe it was inappropriate.”
Dostal’s 14-year-old son was one of a handful of eighth graders in the class. The students, she said, were given instruction on how to perform female exams and the instructor used a 3-D, anatomically correct male sex organ to explain how to use a condom.
But Dostal said she was most upset over the instructor simulating sexual acts using stuffed animals designed to resemble STD’s.
“I do not understand why any adult with a classroom of children would show them sexual positions,” she told Fox News Radio. “I think that’s horribly inappropriate.”
As for the photographs, “I believe some of those photos were pornographic,” she said.
“Had we known this was going on, I would have sat in the classroom or I would have pulled him out,” Dostal said.
She took her concerns to the principal, who Dostal said was “mortified.” The principal apologized but several other parents decided to take the issue to the school superintendent.
“I understand it’s a state law that sex education be taught but it is also state mandated that parents be told that this is going to happen and we were not told.”
Superintendent Dick Profit told the World Herald he received an equal number of calls supporting and opposing the Planned Parenthood presentation.
“It’s a political hot potato; it’s a religious hot potato; it’s a parental hot potato,” he told the newspaper. “It’s all of these things that cause a crack in the system between society, parents and schools, and we’re still required to do it.”
Planned Parenthood’s Jennifer Horner defended the class and said some of the material had been turned around.
"We are not trying to keep any of this a secret,” Horner told the newspaper. “All information we use is medically accurate and science based.”
Profit said next year parents and guardians will receive advanced warning about the class.
But that may not satisfy parents like Scott Gray, whose 16-year-old son was in the class.
“As far as we were concerned, it wasn’t sex ed, it was sex demonstration,” he told the World Herald.