New Sex Education Classes Part Of The Healthy Youth Act

Seventh through ninth graders across the state will be getting a more extensive sex education this fall, due to a law passed last year called the Healthy Youth Act.

The Pitt County Board of Education is reviewing its new sex-ed policy at its meeting Monday.

The policy arises from the healthy youth act, which was signed into law by Governor Beverly Perdue last year.

It requires schools to teach seventh through ninth graders about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, in addition to teaching them abstinence and basic reproductive biology.

Teachers and parents we spoke with say they think the new policy is a good idea, and say it's never to early to teach kids about safe sex.

Board members say they'll take no action on the policy at Monday's meeting. They say they'll vote on it at its second reading in August.

Board members say they're interested in how the policy will be implemented and plan to discuss ways to make sure it's done correctly.


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  • by Becky Location: Washington on Jun 29, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    Personally I would rather be supporting this class than another unplanned baby from a too young mother and father with no other recourse than welfare.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    "By teaching this at school more and more children are being exposed." I really, really dislike this attitude. You can't hide sex from kids. What you can do is provide them with a proper understanding of the risks involved and to make educated decisions. Teen pregnancy is real and sexually transmitted diseases are widespread. We can't hide from this problem. Trying to close your kid in box of ignorance and DON'T DON'T DON'T will not fix it. Your opinion is precisely the reason we need sex education in school. PS if you're this concerned about exposing kids to sex within a classroom setting you need a big wake up call. Most kids are looking at porn in 7th grade.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:58 PM
    I forgot to say that I'm agreement that a school should not be distributing birth control to students. That wasn't a reality many yrs ago, & I think it's not a good change. I also agree that reproductive biology should be taught but grade 7-9 is not approaching the appropriate age. It's past it. It's past the age where many girls have started cycling, and certainly past the age where boys are experiencing things that need addressing. We could go back to the mentality of my great grandmother's day if you like. She was never told anyting and when she got her first period she put on her best dress & went to lie down on the bed because she thought she was dying. What a horrid introduction to life as a woman. Some girls start as young as 9. That's just a fact. By that age, they need to know what is going to happen.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:52 PM
    It's always the same argument when this subject hits the table. I'm surprised to see grades 7-9 though... as they started teaching this to MY classmates & I in 5th grade, & that was in 1977 or 78.. something like that. My mother opted (along w/ only ONE other parent) to have me watch the film about the female body & the one about the male body, & talked to me about all of it at home. I think a cooperative effort is intelligent. The fact that is always stated is so true, and that is without the motivation that the school will be addressing it, many parents won't bother at all. Yes it SHOULD be taught at home, but will they? No, often not. That's just how it is. True also that some kids are uncomfortable bringing it up. There's no perfect solution but putting on blinders definitely isn't it. They'll hear it from somewhere... at least you can provide them with accurate info if it's a class. Shoot.. some parents could do with a class so maybe it's better. lol
  • by Jeff on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:43 PM
    I agree with this, and if my son were this age group I would have him go through it. we were all young at one time or another and know that regardless of what mom and dad say, as teenagers were going to do what we want, when and how we want. its part of growing up. I think they should teach sex ed in every school so kids will hopefully learn and maybe hard working americans wont have as many families to support that are drawing a welfare check for the numerous kids they have had and cannot support.
  • by Eric Location: G-Vegas on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    FED UP PARENT--Generally these types of classes come with some kind of form that need to be signed by the participants parents. Trying to prevent an educational opportunity like this from the willing parents and kids would be counterproductive and costly. Isn't there some other hysterical crusade you should be on, like banning Terrance and Philip?
  • by MAP Location: downeast on Jun 28, 2010 at 08:41 PM
    If this what taught at HOME where it should be (along with manners, work ethic, respect, responsibility, accountability, etc.), this would be a non-issue. However, it is not. Which is why the teenage pregnancy rate is at an all-time high! Get with it parents!!! Quit trying to be your kid's best friend... be a role model, and raise your OWN children!!!
  • by Homeschool_Mommy Location: Eastern NC on Jun 28, 2010 at 08:38 PM
    It is the parent's responsibility to teach their children all things. Unfortunately, most parents believe it's the governments job to teach their children everything in the school system including healthy sexual behaviors...how sad. I do believe the silver ring thing is an excellent option, though. Perhaps the schools should express the "coolness & awesomeness" of staying pure and all the heartaches, confusion, illnesses and negative attributes associated with premarital & teenage sexual behavior. I agree, teaching all the ways to engage in sexual activity and showing them how to use contraceptives gives teens the idea that it's alright and normal to have sex casually while young and unmarried. Check out the purity seminar at http://www.silverringthing.com/
  • by Just Me Location: Here on Jun 28, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    This is crazy, the parents that are against it are the ones that are going to have their teenage girls come home pregnant or their sons coming home saying they are going to be a daddy. But in actuality I dont think that a sex ed program at school is going to stop anyone from doing what they want. Atleast if they are going to do it they will know how to safely. These times are very different from when the older generation grew up they are doing thing faster now a days and they dont care what anyone says. Let them get the type of education they need, because reguardless of what you beleive Iam sure they are doing more then you think. Alot of kids are also scared to talk to their parents. They might talk easier to someone else. Iam just saying they are going to do it, so let them get some teachings before they do.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    My opinon is that reproductive biology should be taught and that this age is approaching that which it is appropriate. I also can see the principles of contraception being important. Here is where I draw the line. Public schools have no business being a distributor of contraception and I am not in favor of students receiving detailed instruction on every type of intimate contact method. Teach them basic sex ed and how to protect themselves and that's it. Past this point, it could give the impression that the public school system condones sex among teens and this should be discouraged.
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