A New York parent has taken on a local public school because of the vulgar and explicit nature of sex education curriculum being presented to sixth-grade students — curriculum one teacher has presented for several years, apparently without much parental knowledge or consent.
Details of the case were first reported by one student’s father, Eugene Devany, of Massapequa Park, N.Y., who said his 11-year-old daughter was subjected to the classes earlier this year.
Devany discussed the issue first on WABC radio’s Sean Hannity program yesterday. The classes, Devany said, included discussion and description of oral and homosexual sex acts.
Hannity also co-hosts Fox News’ popular Hannity and Colmes program with Alan Colmes.
Devany, an attorney, told WorldNetDaily that he first learned of the incident last December and immediately called school district officials to complain. He characterized it as a violation of the Massapequa Public School District’s sexual harassment policy.
“Any district that gets federal funds has to adopt a policy against sexual harassment,” he said. “So it is to the extent that we’re complaining under this policy, it has kind of a universal application” on the other schools in the district.
According to a report of findings issued by the board of education March 23, the district admitted that “the alleged [sixth-grade] harasser/teacher” solicited “questions of a sexual nature” to be placed in a box during a science lesson.
“The teacher admitted to collecting the questions and defining the following terms, in a clinical fashion: ‘oral sex, anal sex, sixty-nine, blow job, etc.,’” the board report said. “However, the teacher did not define ‘gang bang’ or ‘rodeo.’ The teacher did pull out two questions from the box concerning ‘hummer’ and ‘golden shower,’ causing her to state to the class, ‘Come on, there is no place for this here.’”
Said Devany, “The teacher basically took it upon herself to teach sex from ‘A’ to ‘Z’ to a sixth-grade class.”
He said in December the teacher, who was not named in the board’s report nor revealed by Devany, also read her students “a book that was more or less age-appropriate about sexual reproduction. The medical kind with diagrams,” something akin to a biology class book students would get “in a later class.”
“There was no mention of sexual intercourse in the book,” Devany said, “but apparently the teacher also taught sexual intercourse. After the Christmas recess … she invited the kids to put down sexually explicit questions and promised she would answer all of them.
“This encouraged the kids to write down just any dirty word they could think of,” he said.
Though the school board’s report said it had “instructed all teachers to immediately refrain from discussing the topics ‘masturbation,’ ‘sexual behavior,’ and/or ‘sexual intercourse’ until further direction” from administration, the board official who evaluated the complaint, Robert W. Eloise, concluded “that sexual harassment did not occur.”
Eloise is the school’s assistant principal for curriculum and instruction.
Devany said he was surprised to learn that the school had been teaching such materials for four years, as mentioned by Eloise in the board’s final findings report.
“This is the manner in which the discussion of sexual behavior has been handled in the four years the teacher has taught sixth grade in the district,” the report said.
“Former supervisor, Marilyn Kanser, instructed the teachers to answer any and all questions clinically when discussing sexual behavior in this fashion.”
Devany, pointing to the school’s own sexual harassment policy, still believes the teacher has violated at least the spirit of it.
According to the policy — a copy of which was obtained by WND — the school district is liable to provide students “a learning environment free from all forms of sexual harassment.”
“The Board recognizes that sexual harassment is not only conduct which the actor intends to be hostile, but includes that conduct which the target perceives to be offensive,” the policy says. “Moreover, the Board recognizes that sexual harassment may originate from a person of either sex and may be directed against persons of the same sex or the opposite sex.”
Also, the policy states that “the Board condemns all behavior of a sexual nature between students and staff,” as well as “recognizes that sexual harassment may take the form of physical contact or verbal abuse and may be psychologica1 in nature. …”
Furthermore, “the Board condemns behavior which may manifest itself in the creation of a hostile or embarrassing environment, through the telling of obscene or off-color stories or jokes, the use of profane language, the raising of topics of a sexual nature with students of one gender or the other or the discussion of sexual matters not tied to the curriculum or the course content,” the policy states.
Devany said when he first complained to school officials and asked them to investigate, they told him he could not see a copy of the Board’s final report.
“Upon receipt of a formal or informal complaint, a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation of the allegations must follow,” the policy says. “Complainants and their parent(s) or guardians are to be notified of the outcome of the investigation. … Complainants and his/her parent(s) or guardian should receive a copy of any resolution reports filed by the Principal or Assistant Superintendent concerning their complaint.”
The issue will be further explored today on Hannity’s WABC radio show, which will also be simulcast on KABC.