Parents whose children attended a sex education class at Shenandoah High School, Iowa have taken issue with an instructor’s usage of stuffed toys to simulate sex acts in front of a group of eighth graders.
A mother of one of the children, Colleen Dostal, told Fox News Radio:
It was horribly inappropriate. To do that in a mixed-gender classroom – I truly believe it was inappropriate.
The class, which her 14-year-old son attended involved all of the usual things people learn in sex ed including female exams and correct condom usage (involving an anatomically correct penis), but it was the use of stuffed toys that raised the ire of Ms. Dostal and others:
I do not understand why any adult with a classroom of children would show them sexual positions. I think that’s horribly inappropriate.
A “mortified” Ms. Dostal who also took issue with photographs used in the class that she believed to be “pornographic” presented her concerns to the school principal. Apparently his apology wasn’t enough because other parents went to the school superintendent.
Planned Parenthood’s Jennifer Horner told the Omaha World Herald:
We are not trying to keep any of this a secret. All information we use is medically accurate and science based.
Puppets are one thing, but we live in the age of the Internet, and if the Dostals have it – it would be fairly safe to say that their son has at least accidentally glanced at a bit of explicit material – at least once. I could be wrong, it is Iowa, but I am probably not. Given that assumption, it would be fairly safe to assume that a couple of stuffed toys involved in a little harmless simulation are not going to warp his fragile young mind.
It must have been one uncomfortable interrogation when young Dostal was quizzed by his mother over what he learned at school that day. [News]