Chlamydia Outbreak Hits Texas High School With No Sex Ed
The school’s only sex-ed offers lessons in abstinence. (Image via Shutterstock)
School officials have declared an outbreak of chlamydia at a high school in Crane County, Texas, where the only sex-ed course is legally required to emphasize abstinence.
School district officials sent out letters to parents last week warning that 20 of Crane High School’s 300 students have come down with the disease, which afflicts males and females but can cause permanent reproductive damage in the latter if left untreated, the Express-News reports. The letter said parents should be aware of the “growing problem.” The district also planned to have a meeting this week with school officials, parents, and teachers to discuss a strategy and the school’s sex-ed program.
Currently the Crane Independent School District “does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality,” according to its student handbook, but does offer a three-day course in sex-ed each fall semester. Texas law mandates that such courses emphasize abstinence, and indeed a district committee recommended Scott & White’s “Worth the Wait” Abstinence Plus curriculum three years ago.
Colorado has an effective contraception and education program, and the GOP tries to kill it. Texas has a program which has been shown to be ineffective at best, and keeps it.
Why is it so hard for the right to accept that human sexuality is a thing? That some kids are going to be sexually active and that maybe, just maybe, giving them some useful education and facts might be helpful?
Arrgh…. sometimes I just can’t believe how resistant some people are to anything that comes even close to not meeting their rigid notion of “morality”. We are talking about providing meaningful education that can and will have life-altering impacts on these kids for their entire lives. But Texas, in it’s infinite wisdom (spit) feels that it’s better to keep them ignorant and fearful and as a result you have children having children, and all the life impacts that carries.