Teachers and all other staff in the Salem-Keizer were told that if they learn that any of the 40,000 kids attending school there are sexually active they are to be reported to the police or state officials.
You read that right, according to Oregon law, anyone under 18 years old cannot legally give consent making any sexual activity between minors "sexual abuse." This law should be a crime and the people who wrote it and voted for it should be given criminal records themselves. How are you going to ruin the lives of young kids by labeling them "sexual abusers" just for having a normal relationship?
Let's be realistic, the majority of kids have sex before they are 18 with their girl friends and boyfriends and your just not going to change that with some 'law' because it's human nature. Labeling kids who do "sexual abusers" is disingenuous and subtracts from the real meaning of that word which should be reserved for real cases where there are victim's, not because some imbecile decided that teens shouldn't be allowed to have consensual sex with each other.
The policy was brought up at a training session for teachers and staff in the school district. Superintendent Christy Perry, who probably hasn't bumped uglies in 20 years, said "we felt like we hadn’t made it clear enough." When journalists reached out to other school district's they had no such policy and it seems Salem-Keizer is operating under their own interpretation of the law.
If you want to make kids child molesters for two teens having consensual sex you a dark, evil person who does not deserve to be in any position of authority. On top of that, they are subtracting from the hundreds of thousands of real rape and child molestation victims by confusing the matters with things that do not amount to victimization, such as fooling around with your girlfriend or boyfriend.
A spokeswomen for the school told location news, "Simply reporting to the state doesn’t mean police are going to be knocking on the door of students. What it does allow for is an abundance of caution in ensuring that our children are safe."
Deborah Carnaghi, a program coordinator for Child Protective Services in Oregon’s Department of Human Services, disagreed with the district's decision saying "You can’t have a conversation about safe sex without talking about sex." Even the state's child protective service coordinator disagrees with the schools policy.
At this point there is nothing left to do but boycott the school district and all parents should consider taking steps to do so or they are knowingly putting their children at risk of having the rest of their lives ruined by a law that is largely being misinterpreted and would result in kids being labeled sex offenders for the rest of their lives.
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