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Health lesson on gender sparks anger in parents

November 02, 2017 07:34 PM

A Washington County school is taking a hard look at its policy regarding guest presenters after parents complain that a lesson went way too far.

A health teacher from Cambridge Schools is suspended this week after parents pointed out that a guest presentation for seventh graders was too graphic.

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Sirell Fiel went to Facebook this week after his 12-year-old son came home with a hand-out from his seventh grade health class. It was called "Gender Identity: We All Have One." It was part of a presentation put on by a guest lecturer from the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

As Fiel and his wife read through it, he says he was shocked at some of the dozens of words and terms being taught to his son - things like the technical term for creating a male-looking bulge in one's crotch. The handout also goes on to use the four letter slang words for a penis.

In what Fiel says was his first Facebook Live, he spent about 10 minutes telling friends that he thought it should be up to parents, not schools, if they want to teach their kids these terms and he says not when they're 11 or 12 years old.

"I don't need it being brought into a classroom where we pay our tax dollars, for you to teach stuff to my kids years before they should even know about this stuff," said Fiel on Facebook. "This is well beyond that line the school needs to be teaching our kids. They are way outside their boundaries."

Fiel says he has no animosity toward people of any gender, but he does have a problem with kids learning sex-related material that's beyond their years.

The school apparently agrees. As we said, the teacher who invited the presenter is suspended.

The superintendent tells NewsChannel 13 the community is split 50-50 on whether the teacher did the right thing. Fiel says he and others plan to attend next Thursday's school board meeting.

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