A district attorney is telling Juneau County schools to abandon their sex education courses, saying a new curriculum law could lead to criminal charges against teachers for contributing to the delinquency of minors.
Starting in the fall, the new law requires schools that have sex education programs to tell students how to use condoms and other contraceptives. Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth said such education encourages sex among children, which is illegal, and could lead to charges against teachers.
The new law "promotes the sexualization—and sexual assault—of our children," Southworth wrote in a March 24 letter to officials in five school districts. He urged the districts to suspend their sex education programs and transfer their curriculum on anatomy to a science course.
Democrats backed the new law requiring comprehensive sex education—which includes information about using contraceptives—and Republicans opposed it. Southworth is a Republican and, like Republicans who opposed the new law requiring comprehensive sex ed, he believes the schools should teach children to abstain from sex until marriage. An approach which leads to higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and higher rates of teen pregnancy.