Outraged parents say a New York middle school instructed young female students to ask one another for a lesbian kiss – and boys learned how to spot young sluts – in an anti-bullying presentation on gender identity and sexual orientation, according to Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
According to Starnes’ report, the children attended a special April 11 health class taught by college students at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, N.Y. Parents say they were not notified of the presentation.
The students were introduced to terms such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer.”
Some of the young female students said they were told it was common for 14-year-old girls to have sex and their parents couldn’t stop them.
Mandy Coon, a mother of an eighth-grade student said, “I am furious. I am her parent. Where does anyone get the right to tell her that it’s OK for her to have sex?”
According to Fox News, Coon said her daughter was distressed by the presentation and wondered why she'd been required to ask another girl to kiss her.
"She told me, 'Mom, we all get teased and picked on enough – now I'm going to be called a lesbian because I had to ask another girl if I could kiss her,'" Coon said.
According to the mother, the school said the lesson was meant to "teach girls boundaries and how to say no."
"They also picked two girls to stand in front of the class and pretend they were lesbians on a date," Coons said.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that Red Hook Central School District Superintendent Paul Finch said the class focused on "improving culture, relationships, communication and self-perceptions."
Finch said it is mandatory that the middle school teach those issues in accordance with the state's Dignity for All Students Act.
Parent Tara Burns told Fox News, "The school is overstepping its bounds in not notifying parents first and giving us the choice. I thought it was very inappropriate. That kind of instruction is best left up to the parents."
Parents of middle-school boys were outraged by the school's lessons on condom usage and determining whether a girl is a slut.
"I was absolutely furious – really furious," said one parent of a 13-year-old boy. "They were teaching the boys how to decipher if a girl is a slut."
According to the parent, who wished to remain anonymous, boys were told to determine whether girls are promiscuous by the way they dress or the number of boys they date.
"We don't judge people like that in our family," she said. "We don't call women names because of what they wear or who they date."
The Journal reported that Principal Katie Zahedi wrote in a Facebook forum for parents that the exercise was "not to pretend to be gay" but to practice saying "no" to unwanted advances: "In planning the discussion, we made it clear that absolutely no discussion of any sexual acts is appropriate to middle school, and they used the examples of a kiss. It was a separate activity for boys and girls and ultimately about respect and safety."
According to Fox News, the anonymous parent also said boys were instructed to always carry condoms in their wallets.
"These are just kids," she said. "I'm dumbfounded that they found this class was appropriate."
Concerned individuals may contact Red Hook Central Schools at (845)758-2241 or email Superintendent Paul Finch.