Senate Delays Debate On Sex Ed, Anti-Bullying Laws

The North Carolina Senate has held off debating two bills that involve the public schools -- one on sex education and the other on bullying.

The Senate on Monday night pulled both bills from the floor. One
measure ordering school districts to adopt detailed anti-bullying
policies was delayed until at least Tuesday.

The other measure requires schools to offer children in grades seven though nine one curriculum focused on abstinence until marriage and another with more about contraception. That bill was returned to a Senate committee.

Democratic Sen. Ellie Kinnaird of Orange County is a co-chairwoman of the committee. She said the sex education bill was pulled in part so that more senators were present to vote. Kinnaird also said some districts are concerned about how parents would make decisions.

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  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    The parents should be give a choice if they want their kids to have sex education or not and if so, what kind i.e. abstinence or contraception. Its unrealistic to think a kid will abstain and when you teach contraception then the kids think the adults are giving the a license to go ahead and start having sex.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 5, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    I have never agreed with sex education being taught in schools. It's not so much for moral or religious reasons; I think it is not the place of our school system to teach anything other than the basics. The argument on the other side says that parents aren’t teaching their kids about sex, if parents choose not to that is their right, and it is not the schools (tax payers) responsibility to teach what they believe isn’t being taught at home. Stick to reading, writing, spelling, history etc. That is what schools are for. Kathy, I’m right there with you on the Anti-bullying laws, waste of time and money. I’ve told my child how I expect her to handle a bully, by reporting in to the teacher. If the school system fails to end it, I’ve told her sometimes you’ve got to handle your own business.
  • by concerned parent Location: Edenton on May 5, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    We need an anti bullying law b/c we have gone so far backwards that the schools can't do anything to protect students. They can't do anything to help a child that is being bullied unless the child is physically harmed and even then you are lucky if anything gets done. We need the law b/c adults are NOT stepping up. My niece was being bullied at school. The kids actually had her car surrounded in the parking lot one day and she could not get out for fear of what would happen. You know what the principal said? He couldn't do a thing unless they touched her. Forget that they were taunting her and calling her names the whole time. I said to him "so you are telling me you can't do anything until she gets hurt?" His response was 'basically, yes'. THAT is why we need a law that will protect these kids when the school system won't.
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville NC on May 5, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    Sex education should start in the home. It is good to have sex education in school. Bullying is a different story. Kids can be cruel. This should be considered a serious offense on another student.You would be surprised who some of the bullies are. Just because you don't drive a fancy car or wear designer clothes you are looked down on. Parents are responsible some of their teens actions. It is not totally the schools responsibility for their actions. Send them home and let the parents deal with them. I guarantee you calling their parents a few times, and them having to leave work to pick them up would get their attention. Why should our schools have to babysit the kids who are causing all the trouble(ISS)
  • by kathy Location: williamston on May 5, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    Why on earth do we need an anti-bullying law? That is absurb! Not to mention a waste of taxpayers money. What about accountable adults intervening and addressing a bullying situation? Oh...that's right...we don't have any accountable adults anymore. It's always somebody else's fault. This "law" just further illustrates how the "PC sentiment" has gotten out of control. It's demorallizing and embarrassing. You see a bully in action...STOP him/her. It does not take a law to use your brain.
  • by sam Location: farmville on May 5, 2009 at 05:25 AM
    I think the bullying is a real problem. This progam needs to be in place at schools. I was bullied a lot at school and thought of how to get out of school everyday. It needs to stop. The teachers know which kids are the bullies and which ones are being bullied. They don't care at all as long as it's a kid they don't care for. Teachers are a big part of the bullying.
  • by ECU STUDENT Location: Greenville on May 4, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    The State Senate should really look into the contraception program. As a 2007 graduate from Beaufort County, sex ed was more about telling us what not to do, not preparing us for what was going to be eventually tried. At-least i knew what the consequences to having sex were when I took Health 1000 at ECU. No wonder high schoolers get pregnant, because they don't know that they can use contraception. If the school system wants to teach something to high school kids then they need to start thinking like them. Give them the resources and knowledge to let them choose whats best for them. Don't shove one thing down their throat for 4 years and expect a teen not to rebel. Just something to think about

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