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WTF: Second Grade Students Engage In Sex Acts In A California Classroom?

Submitted by on January 24, 2011 – 2:25 am7 Comments
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Have we really gotten to this point?

There have been a handful of shocking stories involving young students and sex over the course of the last week—more than 90 high school-aged females at a single Memphis high school getting pregnant in the same school year, a New York City teacher getting fired for working as a sex-worker in the past, a teacher in Colorado getting brought up on charges of alleged sexual assault on a child after getting caught with a student in her car—but the latest story certainly tops them all.

Late last week, a teacher at an elementary school in Oakland, California was suspended indefinitely after a pair of second grade students apparently engaged in oral sex in a classroom. “In one case, several students apparently took off their clothes and were naked in the classroom,” local news station KCBS reported last week. “In the second incident, a boy and a girl reportedly engaged in oral sex in front of their students.” And the teacher in question was allegedly in the classroom when both incidents took place.

The principal at the school acted swiftly after the incidents came to light, suspending the teacher immediately and also sending a letter home to parents saying that the incidents “represent an unacceptable lack of supervision. I understand there is great anger over this news.”

But is this really where we are as a society? In this specific case, everyone involved must be held accountable for what happened in that Oakland classroom. Obviously, if these incidents occurred as reported, the teacher in question should be fired immediately and, if possible, charges should be filed against him or her. That he or she allowed students to partake in any type of sexual conduct—these are second grade students after all!—means he or she should never see the inside of a classroom again.

The school should be held accountable for the alleged transgressions, as well. While there are few punitive actions that could be taken against the school, the school needs to immediately open up the lines of communication between the administration and the parents of the school’s children. While second grade seems awfully young to be teaching children about sex, parents need to talk to their kids about what happened.

The parents of the kids involved, to a certain degree, also need to be investigated. Are they allowing their children access to TV shows, Web sites and other forms of media that may be perpetuating sex and teaching the kids things about sex at too young of an age? Do these children have problems the parents are ignoring? If nothing else, the parents of the students at this school need to be aware of the influence the outside world might be having on their children.

Clearly, there is a problem here—and it needs to be fixed ASAP. If we’ve gotten to a point where this type of activity is commonplace in elementary school classrooms, everyone involved in raising a child—from the parents to the schools—needs to take notice and understand an issue exists. It’d be naive to simply brush this off as an isolated incident.

It has come to this. This is where we’re at. Now, what are schools going to do about it? We hope it involves more than just firing a teacher and sweeping the issue under the rug. This is a serious problem that’s not going to fix itself.

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