Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wisconsin sex ed law riles prosecutor

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Having just written this week's cover story on some unsettling sex ed material that is taught in local schools, I find it's interesting to read a story like this.

This banana could be jail bait in Juneau County
  • This banana could be jail bait in Juneau County

I guess the upside is this: At least we don't live in Juneau County, Wis.

Wisconsin legislators have just passed a law that appears similar to one passed in Colorado in 2007. Here's a description from the Associated Press:

Wisconsin school districts aren't required to teach sex education. But the new law, which took effect March 11, lays out requirements for those that do, including teaching the benefits of abstinence, criminal penalties for having underage sex and the benefits and proper use of contraceptives.

Supporters, including groups representing nurses, health departments and the state teacher's union, maintain the law will help reduce teen pregnancies. Conservative opponents counter schools should focus on abstinence.

Basically, the law says sex ed is supposed to be comprehensive if it is taught.

Well, Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth is apparently not too happy about that: He sent a letter to local districts advising them "the instruction could amount to contributing to the delinquency of a minor if teachers know students are sexually active."

Teachers, he warned, could face criminal charges following a law that he said could convert sex ed classes "into a radical program that sexualizes our children as early as kindergarten. This, in turn, will lead to more child sexual assaults."

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