Las Vegas school board wants to teach 5-yr-olds about masturbation
Angry parents descended on a Clark County School District Board of Trustees meeting this week after discovering the content of a proposed new "comprehensive sex education" curriculum that includes teaching 5-year-olds about masturbation.
The proposed curriculum would include education about homosexuality as early as ages 5 through 8, teaching children to give everyone “respect regardless of who they are attracted to.”
School children in kindergarten through grade 3 would also be taught that “touching and rubbing one’s genitals to feel good is called masturbation.”
“You want to teach my 5-year-old how to masturbate?” challenged parent Julie Butler.
"We certainly should not be teaching five-year-olds that masturbation and pleasuring one's body is good, and that a 12-year-old should know about the very details of anal and oral sex," said one parent, according to KTNV.
Another fuming mother said, "Words can not even begin to describe my shock when I read what is being suggested to be taught to my daughter at age 5."
According to Fox 5, parent Ronald Withaeger said he was "appalled by some of the stuff," noting the instruction that ‘masturbation should be done in a private place' was extremely offensive.
"That’s kindergarten through third grade. You’ve got to be kidding me. There’s no need to know that at that age,” Withaeger said.
Chloe Davis, a high school student attending the meeting said, "I think I went through about 20 pages [of the proposed curriculum] and I couldn't continue with it because some of the stuff was just too disturbing to me at the age that I am, and I'm 17-years-old."
Clark County Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky reportedly tried to reassure the angry parents by pointing out that the curriculum is not yet in place in the district’s 357 schools, but only that the board is looking for input from the community.
The school board will address the issue at a special meeting on September 29 at 4:00 p.m. at the Edward A. Greer Education Center, 2832 East Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas.
Parents and concerned citizens are invited to attend and provide input during the public comment period
Clark County School District
Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky
5100 W. Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, 89146
Phone: (702) 799-5311
Fax: (702) 799-5125
Clark County School District Board of Trustees
Erin E. Cranor, President
Email via website: http://ccsd.net/trustees/contact/cranor