Target: Jim T. Rumage, Crane Independent School District Superintendent
Goal: Begin teaching comprehensive sex education in local schools.
One in every 15 students has been infected with chlamydia at Crane High School in Crane, Texas, a school that does not offer comprehensive sex education. The school’s refusal to teach students safe sex has now put the health of many students at risk. Demand that the high school begin to provide thorough sex education to its students.
Texas schools are not required to teach their students comprehensive sex education. Accordingly, Crane High School does not offer any regular kind of sex education to its students in its curriculum. Instead, it only offers a brief, three-day, completely optional abstinence-focused sex education course for students interested enough to take it.
For years, research has shown that abstinence-only education is not effective, and now students at Crane High School are paying the price. Twenty out of the roughly 300 students currently attending Crane High School have been infected with chlamydia, a sexually-transmitted disease that, if left untreated, can cause lifelong reproductive health issues.
Despite this severe outbreak, the superintendent for the Crane Independent School district is defending the high school’s meager sex education program, saying that “If kids are not having any sexual activity, they can’t get this disease. That’s not a bad program.” Sign the petition below to demand that this school district begin to teach its students comprehensive sex education at once.
Dear Superintendent Rumage,
I am writing you today regarding the recent chlamydia outbreak affecting students at your district’s Crane High School. This epidemic is, in all likelihood, directly tied to the horrible sex education your district provides its students and that you seem to, somehow, still have faith in.
Research has shown for decades that abstinence-only sex education simply does not work. What is happening at Crane High School is a case study in why that is. Despite what you say, the optional abstinence-only program at that high school is objectively a bad program, because it very obviously does not meet the needs of the students.
Clearly, some high school students are going to engage in sexual activity, regardless of whether or not you think abstinence is the right decision for them. You and your schools owe it to them to outfit them with the knowledge they need to make healthy, informed, and safe choices with their bodies.
It stands to reason that if your schools did a better job educating your students about sex and health, this outbreak would never have happened, and the health of your students would never have been put at risk. I demand that you include comprehensive sex education in your schools’ curriculum from now on so that similar epidemics never happen again.
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