Parents in Fremont, California are petitioning their school district not to use the book Your Health Today as the new sex education textbook for ninth graders.
The district voted to purchase the book back in June. Yet some parents think that the book is inappropriate for the students. A Care2 petition calling the district not to use the text has already collected more than 2,000 signatures. The petition says that the book “exposes youth to sexual games, sexual fantasies, sexual bondage with handcuffs, ropes, and blindfolds, sexual toys and vibrator devices, and additional instruction that is extremely inappropriate for 13 and 14 year-old youth.”
The district has defended its choice saying that many of the students are already sexually active. San Jose Mercury News has more: “‘We know this from student surveys done in our own district,’ Calvert-York said. ‘Ninth grade is the last time when we have an opportunity to help educate our students on how to be physically and emotionally safe.’”