Target: George Aulenbacher, high school principal
Goal: Get Principal Aulenbacher to step down after student intimidation and inviting a fear-based reproductive health group to his school
Last week, a student spoke out against a humiliation-based abstinence-only assembly that was held at her high school. In return, her principal verbally attacked and threatened to slander her. Not only is Katelyn Campbell right to refuse to attend an event that attacks her reproductive rights, she is legally entitled to do so under the Constitution. Stand with this brave student and demand that the principal of this high school resign immediately.
The assembly that Campbell refused to attend was led by Christian speaker Pam Stenzel, who disseminating a swath of misinformation regarding various means of contraception. Stenzel used scare tactics, warning students that condoms are dangerous, any type of sexual contact will lead to STDs, and that women who take birth control are ten times more likely to contract a disease and either end up sterile or dead. She went so far to claim that parents who give their kids birth control probably “hate” them and are just trying to cause them harm. This is gross misinformation and left many students crying and asking to leave, but the school’s principal, George Aulenbacher, instructed teachers to block the assembly doors.
Campbell has asked for an injunction against the school, which if approved would force them to no longer hold assemblies such as these. There needs to be further action, though. Principal Aulenbacher, upon hearing the news of the injunction, threatened Campbell. He told her that she is an awful human being and threatened to call the college she had been accepted at and tell them that she is a backstabber. This behavior is not only immature, it is outright inflammatory and unacceptable. Because of his wildly unprofessional behavior and support of a lie and fear-based group, Principal Aulenbacher does not deserve, not should he be allowed, to work in the school system. Stand up for Katelyn Campbell and demand that Principal Aulenbacher step down immediately.
Dear Principal Aulenbacher,
I am horrified to hear about your treatment of the students at your school. You recently invited Christian speaker Pam Stenzel to hold an assembly regarding reproductive health. Stenzel not only scared students into thinking they were horrible people for engaging in sexual activity, but also allowed her to spread the lie that they would come into great harm for using contraception.
As if inviting this hateful and truth-denying speaker was not enough, you threatened a student when she reacted against the assembly. Katelyn Campbell filed an injunction that would prevent your school from having this kind of assembly again. She did so in order to protect her reproductive rights and the mental health and reproductive rights of her fellow students.
The fact that you allowed an assembly that is based on fear and lies to occur at you school is reprehensible. The fact that you told Ms. Campbell that you would defame her to her prospective college and that she was an awful person is even worse. You do not deserve to be a leader to students or a representative of the school system. We ask that you step down immediately.
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