Katelyn CampbelA West Virginia high school student is being persecuted for raising her voice for adequate sex-education. Katelyn Campbell, student body vice president at George Washington High School, is filing an injunction against her principal after he threatened to ruin her chances of attending a college she’s been accepted to by reporting her “bad character.”

All of this stems from Campbell’s refusal to attend an assembly featuring conservative abstinence-only lecturer, Pam Stenzel. Stenzel encourages students to remain abstinent or their mothers will hate them. No, seriously. She allegedly told GW students that “if you take birth control, your mother probably hates you” and “I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.” She also attempted to tell students that all sex will lead to a STD or STI.

I guess it’s much easier to scare teenagers than teach them to protect themselves. Campbell agrees. She wasn’t having it.

Think Progress reports:

“Campbell refused to attend the assembly, which was funded by a conservative religious organization called ‘Believe in West Virginia’ and advertised with fliers that proclaimed ‘God’s plan for sexual purity.’ Instead, she filed a complaint with the ACLU and began to speak out about her objections to this type of school-sponsored event. Campbell called Stenzel’s presentation ‘slut shaming’ and said that it made many students uncomfortable.

GW Principal George Aulenbacher, on the other hand, didn’t see anything wrong with hosting Stenzel. ‘The only way to guarantee safety is abstinence. Sometimes, that can be a touchy topic, but I was not offended by her,’ he told the West Virginia Gazette last week.

But it didn’t end with a simple difference of opinion among Campbell and her principal. The high school senior alleges that Aulenbacher threatened to call Wellesley College, where Campbell has been accepted to study in the fall, after she spoke to the press about her objections to the assembly. According to Campbell, her principal said, ‘How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?’ Campbell alleges that Aulenbacher continued to berate her in his office, eventually driving her to tears. ‘He threatened me and my future in order to put forth his own personal agenda and make teachers and students feel they can’t speak up because of fear of retaliation,’ she said of the incident.”

We should be encouraging students to use their voices rather than attempting to silence them. Thankfully Campbell is continuing to exercise her First Amendment right.

“West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” Campbell told the Gazette. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed. Our nurse wasn’t allowed to talk about where you can get birth control for free in the city of Charleston.”

Nothing is safer than abstinence, but we don’t live in Oz. We reside in reality where 60 percent of teenagers are receiving misinformation about birth control. This has to stop in order to lessen teen pregnancy and STD rates.

Some of Campbell’s peers agree and are rallying with her. She’s planning to address the failures of abstinence-only education at a local board of education meeting tonight.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    Like Wellesley would be upset if she boycotted a speech like this.

    :/

  • Buttons

    The youth need manhood and womanhood training classes to educate them on self development, which will teach them proper family planning and life skills. Birth control is just a method that treats the sympton, but not the problem. Teens should not be so preoccupied with having sex that they need birth control. These young folks need to be focused on education and developing themselves into being responsible adults- that’s it.

    They are engaging in sexual activity and adult behavior too prematurely and it is having a significant negative impact on them and their families and on society as a whole.

    No, we don’t live in Oz. We live in a sin sick world and instead of teaching our children to go against it, we are teaching them to conform to it.

  • MommieDearest

    Good for her. I’m glad she stood up for herself and did not allow herself to be intimidated by her principal. I’m sure this isn’t the first time he’s pulled something like this.

    As for the abstinence only thing, I don’t have a problem with telling kids that the safest sex is no sex. I believe that young people need to wait until they are mature enough to handle the responsibilities that come along with sex before they indulge. IMO, sex is used as recreation, not for its intended purpose of expressing love and commitment. I do NOT agree with the methods of “Believe in West Virginia” however. They are not only using scare tactics, they are using lies. It’s shameful. There is a compassionate, non-judgemental way to encourage abstinence.

  • O’Phylia

    If anything the college would CRAVE a person like her. Colleges love leaders.

  • https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfKatelynCampbell Michael Lapham

    Youth such as Katelyn deserve to be supported and EMPOWERED. Not chastised. What is most compelling about this story is that Katelyn only got louder as her principal attempted to intimidate her into silence. Its young adults like Katelyn that give me hope that our country is in fact making necessary progressive changes as a society.

    If you support Katelyn, there is a way to get your message directly to her through the Friends of Katelyn Campbell facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfKatelynCampbell

  • LemonNLime

    This girl will not have a single problem getting in to college, she will be beating them off with a stick! Good for here.

    Reading articles like this really makes me embarrassed to be an American. How the crap are we the richest, most developed country when so many of the beliefs pushed here are antiquated and frankly, ignorant. I’m surprised we aren’t still using leeches to ward off the evil spirits that make us sick.

  • Echi

    I know right – this principal has no clue what happens in the world beyond all that’s conservative and West Virginia. The girl literally embodies the Wellesley mission.
    I feel bad though, that the principal drove her to tears with the harrassment.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Agreed! I say good for her for standing up to her principal and standing her ground. If I was a college administrator that would make me seek her out and want her at my university more so. Coming from a person who is abstinent I wouldn’t even sit in on an abstinence-only assembly (I personally opted out in high school too because it was usually affiliated with a religious organization too but some of the kids in my high school only went because they offered free pizza…lol) and side eye ONLY teaching that approach. There is more ways to skin a cat when it comes to this discussion/issue so I don’t know why people just push their agenda because while they are pushing their agenda the message is being lost in translation which is delaying the issue.

  • Humanista

    Aside from the sheer absurdity of this whole idea (abstinence-only education zones don’t have the highest teen pregnancy rates for no reason)…. I guess I am just trying to understand how a public school can legally compel anyone to attend a religion-funded anything.They’re just out here like Constitution, Who, huh?

    And I am concerned a/b the principal menacing his student and threatening to lie to colleges. Does the district get how terrible this can be for their PR? That assembly needs to go, and so does the admin.

  • Starla

    What an utterly stupid address by the speaker. I don’t blame this teenager from not attending. Religiosity at work.

  • E.M.S.

    Fully support this girl and hope the media sees how foolish the principal was to pull that on her.

    Stenzel is repulsive to me as well. Her angle is nothing BUT slut shaming. There’s nothing wrong with abstinence should you choose it but to put every other sexually active girl/woman in the slut category and telling them their moms will hate them for being on birth control? Get real. Hell, most of us get on it because our mothers suggested it in the first place.

    The most hilarious thing for me about states that teach abstinence in schools is they’re the ones with the highest teen pregnancy rates. That goes to show that being hush hush about sex ed doesn’t work.

  • Rochelle

    Shame on this teen. This is the problem now. Children have to be “heard.” Well at least her mom knows she’s spreading her legs to someone. Fast tail girl. If she was my daughter I would have givin her a stern talking to about disrespecting authority figures. She could have went to the lecture and just not have listened. Would it have killed her? Kids are too rude nowadays and want to express every little opinion. Kids/teens: You need to pick your battles. If you don’t like something, you don’t need to be disrespectful and put yourself in danger of getting in trouble. You keep your mouth shut and ignore it. This girl better be a straight A student arguing about the right to have sex. SMH. If not, her fast tail need to high tail to the nearest local library and not to the nearest horny boy’s bedroom.

  • NikkiC30

    It’s not about the right to have sex. I went to a school where they taught abstinence only and the fact of the matter is that most teens have sex, regardless of whether they are straight A students or not. It does not matter if the principal agrees with it or does not agree with it. It happens and instead of turning a blind eye and saying if we teach this they won’t do it, people need to understand the reality of the situation. It is irresponsible as an adult to tell a person that is on the cusp of adulthood, the equivalent that if they are “fast” they deserved to get whatever they get. Just because another individual’s beliefs do not coincide with mine does not mine that I should deny them the right to information which could save their life or their future.

  • http://melodymoose.deviantart.com/ Catpopstar

    Don’t speak up. Don’t question. Don’t think too hard. A perfect lesson to teach the next generation of adults.

    And P.S. Having a problem with the assembly doesn’t automatically make her a whore.

  • http://gravatar.com/rastaman1967 rastaman

    What do you do when the authority figures are wrong?
    Do you still listen and go along?
    Anyone who is not raising their children to think critically is as wrong as those who raise their children without any moral guidance. As far as we know from this story, this young lady was not being disrespectful, cursing anyone out or being insubordinate. What she displayed was awareness, a level of awareness that many of us should aspire for our children.
    There is nothing wrong with discussing sexual abstinence with high school students but do it in the context of an overall program to address sexual behavior in all forms.

    To compound this situation, this idiot principal then attempts to intimidate her because she called him out on his BS. Way to go Mr. Educator, teach young people that the way to end a disagreement is by threatening the other person. Makes you wonder how such petty individuals ever got into the position to be put in charge of children’s educational well being.

  • http://twitter.com/scbeauty77 SCBeauty (@scbeauty77)

    I agree I think Rochelle is taking Ms. Campbell’s stance the wrong way.

  • GeekMommaRants

    Why is it the religious hate science? Human biology is science. If religion is real, why does ignorance hold more sway than science? It is easy to insult these people, really really easy.

  • Velociraptor

    Paul Ryan, is that you?

  • https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfKatelynCampbell Michael Lapham

    The ignorance in your posting is truly appalling, and I really debated for a while if I should even give it the respect of an intelligible response. You’re suggesting that when a young adult sees something wrong that they just put their head down and accept it. Well, where does that end? Per your suggestion, women would have no rights, slavery would still exist, and the civil rights movement would never have happened. You obviously aren’t grasping what is going on her. Katelyn is standing up for our constitution by fighting for the separation of church and state. She is one million times the American you could ever try to be. This has nothing to do teens wanting to have sex… You clearly lack the intelligence or basic reading comprehension to understand that. I truly hope you do not in fact have any children. Standing up against something that is wrong, especially as a young adult to authority figures, is a tremendously brave and courageous act. You also stated that voicing your opinion is not a right that someone should have… really? I will stop here because this comment and responding to unintelligent filth like this is not worth anyone’s time.

  • talaktochoba

    a daughter all fathers are proud of;

  • http://www.facebook.com/kslaterkahumoku Keali’i Ed Slater Kahumoku

    So far the only smart post on here.

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