Mark Ellis couldn’t believe the photo his 13-year-old middle school daughter took of her classroom’s sex ed poster. With terms like “anal sex,” “grinding” and “oral sex,” Ellis became not only irate, but disgusted by what his daughter was being taught.
Ellis’ daughter attends Hocker Grove Middle School in the Shawnee Mission School District of Kansas, and immediately complained to school officials and the media, after he realized it wasn’t a prank.
“Why would you put it in front of 13-year-old students?” he asked.
“It upsets me. And again, it goes back to who approved this? You know this had to pass through enough hands that someone should have said, ‘Wait a minute, these are 13-year-old kids, we do not need to be this in-depth with this sexual education type of program,’” he said.
District spokeswoman, Leigh Anne Neal, says the poster needs to be viewed in the context of a bigger curriculum, which she calls abstinence-based for students in middle school.
“The poster that you reference is actually part of our middle school health and science materials, and so it is a part of our district approved curriculum,” Neal said. “However the item is meant to be part of a lesson, and so certainly as a standalone poster without the context of a teacher-led discussion, I could see that there might be some cause for concern.”
“This has nothing to do with abstinence or sexual reproduction,” Ellis said. “I would like to see that this particular portion of the curriculum is removed from the school.”
Ellis said if changes aren’t going to be made to the curriculum, he’s pulling his daughter out of the sex ed class.
The poster has since been removed, and the school district stated that it should have never been left up after the lesson had ended.