Public school teachers in Salem, the second largest city in Oregon, are being told they could be fined or fired if they don't inform police or government officials when they learn of teenage students having consensual sex with other teenage students.
Here are some examples the school district provided to staffers of things they must report to either the police or the state's Department of Health and Human Services:
- A 15-year-old student comes to your office and tells you that she is having sex with her boyfriend and would like to talk with someone about birth control options.
- Your 17-year-old son tells you that his 16-year-old girlfriend is pregnant.
- A 14-year-old boy confides in you that he was kicked out of the house after his parents discovered that he was in a same-sex relationship. During the conversation, the student shares that he has engaged in sexual acts with his partner.
- You overhear a group of students discussing a party they attended the prior weekend. The students comment that one of their classmates who attended the party had been too drunk to walk and ended up in a bedroom with an individual who attends a different high school. There is a rumor going around that they “hooked up."
This push is disturbing for several reasons, not least of which is because it seeks to inform on teen sexual activity to government or police before informing parents. It also robs teenagers of feeling secure in the notion that they have someone they can confide in abut sexual matters.
Imagine if you were a teenager and learned that a consequence of confiding in your school guidance counselor or teacher was that your sexual relationships were reported to authorities!
Issues like sexuality and sexual intercourse are personal, and therefore should be dealt with at home by a teenager's parents. Teaching students is already a hard enough task without inflicting full parental duties -- and now, threat of involving the authorities -- on teachers.
In leftwing America, parents seem to be losing more and more say in the way their children are raised while government are given more and more control. While it's important to make sure no minor is every victimized, issues like teen-sex should be handled in a pragmatic way. After all, children are exposed to adult subjects like sexuality earlier and earlier in life by their public schools, whether their parents like it or not, yet if they actually act on those sexual encounters, they risk being reported to the police?
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