Controversy brewing over Cy Fair ISD sex ed program
HOUSTON -- What should schools teach their students about sex? That was at the center of a very packed school board meeting Monday night.
The Cy-Fair school district is changing its sex ed curriculum and parents don't like what their children may be seeing. The controversy took center stage at the school board's Monday meeting, with some parents detailing which parts of the video they're uncomfortable with.
A student picking out condoms is just part of the sex ed program that's been approved for seventh- and eighth-grade students by the Cy-Fair ISD school board. There are also scenes of hooking up.
"I think it's soft porn when they have a girl on the couch and she says, 'Let me help you put the condom on,'" said parent Mayte Weitzman.
Three Cy Fair ISD middle school moms with whom we spoke are outraged over the district's new sex ed curriculum for 7th and 8th graders.
"It is shocking to me when I sit and look at this and find myself having to tell my 12-year-old some of these concepts," said Mindy Lucas, parent of a seventh grader.
It's called "It's your Game, Keep it Real," a two-year program with videos with specific language about sex and featuring real-life scenarios about contraceptives.
"The only way you can be with me is if we use condoms," an actor in one of the videos said.
And cartoons with talking condoms and instructions.
"I don't need the school district showing my student how to put a condom on," parent Christine Kalmbach told us.
According to a booklet parents received from the district, the course defines both sexual intercourse and abstinence as they relate to pregnancy prevention plus it also focuses on sexually transmitted diseases. These parents call it graphic and too much, too soon.
"When we get into the details of these very inappropriate lessons with the different types of sex, that belongs in the home with our moral values," said Weitzman. "They're teaching them oral, anal and vaginal sex. They're teaching them all kinds of sex. They're not focusing on the abstinence."
"Children now a days are having babies at 12 and 13 so they need to know," said parent Tanya Manjarrez.
"We have to give them that info. They need to be aware as much as it may hurt us, but they need to be aware," another parent told Eyewitness News.
Despite numerous requests, the district would not speak to Eyewitness News on camera but says parents can choose to opt their kids into the entire class, parts of the classes or completely opt out.
"Every bit of this program, even the name of it, is disrespectful so we're opting completely out," Weitzman said.
The district points out that the curriculum was approved by a subcommittee made up of a group of parents before the school board unanimously approved it during the summer break.
The program is scheduled to kick off October 24.
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