October 20, 2014
The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has approved a new video for sex education. But they want teachers to decide which students will get to watch it. Trustees expressed concern about showing the tape to seventh graders - as it was initially proposed for - and will ask teachers to decide.
The video tape is called "Sexually Transmitted Infections, What you Should Know," and it has been proposed as part of a sexual education curriculum for Washoe County student. The program is optional.
Supporters say it gives teachers a good platform to talk about peer pressure and other realistic issues that young people are dealing with.
But some school board trustees don't think the video is appropriate for seventh graders. They say the content is too mature for students that are typically 12 or 13 years old.
All of this follows the rejection of another video tape back in January. That one was shot down because some trustees said it only promoted abstinence.