A group of concerned parents have taken issue with a Washington D.C. school after it announced some critical changes to its sex-ed program. Parents gathered at a meeting to protest the changes that are due to be implemented at Luther Jackson Middle School in Fairfax County Virginia. The concerned group argued that the agenda is being pushed by a number of left-leaning political organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the LGBT activist group GLSEN.
According to the Christian Post, the changes include things such as removing the term “biological sex” from the curriculum, as well as deleting the term “clergy” from a list of “trusted adults.” According to parents, the new proposals will also mean students will no longer be taught that “abstinence is the only 100 percent effective method.”
However one of the most significant points of contention raised in Thursday’s meeting was regarding the recommendation of an HIV prevention drug. According to Fox 5, the new curriculum would teach students about pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Those in support of the program say it is necessary for young men to learn about such drugs. Others, however, feel such information would encourage unprotected sex.
“Leading AIDS experts call it a catastrophe because it encourages risky sex,” explained one mother who is opposed to the new curriculum. “And here’s the kicker – PrEP is not even approved by the FDA for children under 18.”
“No matter what our moral convictions are about LGBT issues, we know that young people will engage in sex outside of what our society calls ‘the norm,’” said another woman who was in favor of the new curriculum. “Letting them know it is available is giving them a chance at being a little responsible, even if they are not going to be entirely responsible.”
Others continued to assert their disapproval of the changes.
“We have written you and we have published articles in the public domain. We are trying to sound the alarm about these changes, changes that will not promote the health of our children,” speaker Kathleen Gillette-Mallard told the board. “In fact, they could even prove to be fatal.”
“For example, the change of biological sex for all FLE lessons and replacing it with sex assigned at birth is false science,” she argued. “There are medical omissions too numerous to count. Approval of seventh and eighth grade transgender lessons without the warning of the permanent health risks and side effects. … This is almost criminal.”
Public scrutiny and comment over the new curriculum will be permitted until June 8 when the board will vote on the implementation of the new program.