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Washington parent: Sex education is ‘just the same as raping somebody’

Parents in Washington state — and a few conservative websites — are outraged after an elementary school principal described sex acts during a sexual education class last week.

According to KCPQ, the principal of Onalaska Elementary School was talking to 11- and 12-year-old students about HIV and sexually transmitted diseases when she was asked about oral and anal sex.

The principal’s answer allegedly included verbal descriptions of those sex acts.

Parent Jean Pannkuk recalled to Fox News Radio what her daughter said she was taught: “You take a man’s penis and you put it in your mouth – that’s what the girls do to the boys. … The boys spread the girls legs apart and put their mouths down on the vaginas.”

“Basically, how I feel and others that I’ve talked to, it’s just the same as raping somebody, but you’re raping their innocence instead of their physical being,” parent James Gilliand explained to KCPQ. “When you hit those levels and the sexual acts, you might as well hand them a Kama Sutra book or something, you know?”

Superintendent Scott Fentor defended the lesson by saying that the principal was just following the state’s sexual education requirements that were adopted in 1988.

“In reality, she stuck to the curriculum, it’s pretty difficult to talk about STDs, sexually transmitted diseases, without explaining what that is,” Fentor said. “Kids leaving 5th grade and moving into middle school start getting exposed to a lot more information, and we know that`s the age where many children start to become sexually active, unfortunately. And that`s a scary thought, [but] that’s the truth.”

A notice was sent to parents on March 26 giving the chance to review the program and opt out. Fentor said only three parents showed up to examine the curriculum, and only one or two parents asked for their kids to be excused from the class.

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website called the lesson “bizarre” and “disturbing.”

Watch this video from KCPQ, broadcast June, 14 2012.

Written by | David Edwards

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