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Sex education teacher takes class on field trip to adult novelty store in Minneapolis

  • In this May 18, 2010 photo, adult novelty store Smitten Kitten owner Jennifer Pritchett poses for a photo, in Minneapolis. A sex education teacher has drawn the ire of parents after taking middle- and high-school students on a field trip to the store. Pritchett said the store is an educational resource about sex and sexuality. “We leave it up to the discretion of parents and guardians as to when, if, and in what capacity they seek resources from our educators,” she said. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

    In this May 18, 2010 photo, adult novelty store Smitten Kitten owner Jennifer Pritchett poses for a photo, in Minneapolis. A sex education teacher has drawn the ire of parents after taking middle- and high-school students on a field trip to the store. Pritchett said the store is an educational resource about sex and sexuality. “We leave it up to the discretion of parents and guardians as to when, if, and in what capacity they seek resources from our educators,” she said. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this 2010 photo, merchandise appears on display at adult novelty store Smitten Kitten in Minneapolis. Gaia Democratic School director Starri Hedges has drawn the ire of parents after taking students on a field trip to the store. Hedges told the Star Tribune that she wanted to provide a safe environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior. Besides offering adult books, videos, toys and other products, the store also has educational workshops, which the students attended. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

    In this 2010 photo, merchandise appears on display at adult novelty store Smitten Kitten in Minneapolis. Gaia Democratic School director Starri Hedges has drawn the ire of parents after taking students on a field trip to the store. Hedges told the Star Tribune that she wanted to provide a safe environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior. Besides offering adult books, videos, toys and other products, the store also has educational workshops, which the students attended. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A sex education teacher has drawn the ire of parents after taking students on a field trip to an adult novelty store in Minneapolis.

Gaia Democratic School director Starri Hedges took about a dozen middle- and high-school-aged students to the Smitten Kitten last week. Hedges told the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1I8oMn7 ) that she wanted to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior.

She says the field trip offered access to products that can be used to practice safer sex. She says some students bought condoms.

Parent Lynn Floyd's 11- and 13-year-old daughters were on the field trip. Floyd says the trip was "a major breach of trust" and has withdrawn his children from the school.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com