Reported By Nancy Amons
NASHVILLE, Tenn.The father of a Hillsboro High School student has asked to appear before the Metro school board, saying the eight-hour leadership class his daughter attends went too far, including demonstrations of oral sex on anatomical models.
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The class is sponsored by an AIDS education group, Nashville Cares.
Joe Interrante of Nashville Cares agrees that the classes are detailed and explicit, and he said that's why parents have to sign a two-page consent form.
"This course teaches sexual anatomy; it teaches, comprehensively, sexual practices; it talks about abstinence, about safer sex, " Interrante said.
Interrante said that through an apparent oversight, the form was never signed by the father who complained to the board, although his daughter attended the class anyway.
"We were as surprised about it as anyone else," Interrante said.
The program is taught in about half a dozen high schools in the Metro area.
The school systems spokesperson, Olivia Brown, sent out a prepared statement, saying, We agree some inappropriate information was shared with a small number of students." Brown went on to say, "that portion of the class has been discontinued."
There's something else the school system isn't too happy about: Nashville Cares gave AIDS tests to students who asked for them, without first asking their parents' consent. By law, parental consent is not needed for anyone older than 13.
"And I'm not aware of any policy, certainly we didn't intentionally violate any policy we're aware of, no," Interrante said.
The school system spokesperson said, We know some district policies were not followed. We have taken proper action to correct any mistakes made by Hillsboro staff, and we are updating our policy to ensure that future instruction is only from our approved curriculum. We have scheduled training for all high school principals on the Family Life and Sexuality Education Policy.
We are committed to serving all our students and families, and we are sensitive to their concerns, Browns statement said.
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