Teachers Threatened with Arrest for Teaching Sex Ed

From the This is Really Scary department:

A Wisconsin District Attorney is threatening teachers that they could be arrested for teaching sex education to students.

District Attorney Scott Southworth sent teachers in Juneau County a letter warning that they could be arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor if they show students how to use a condom or take birth-control pills.

An evangelical Christian, Southworth was responding to new sex-education standards signed into law in February by Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. The new requirement says that schools that teach sex education must take a comprehensive approach.

Without citing any evidence, Southworth asserts that the new standards promotes “sexual assault of children,” and by teaching students how to use contraception “encourages sexual behavior.” A .pdf of the letter can be read here.

If convicted, Southworth wrote, a teacher could be fined $1,000 and spend from nine months to six years in jail.

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