A Borah High School teacher has been reprimanded for allowing a guest speaker to demonstrate how to apply a condom to a wooden model of a penis.
As a result of the incident, the Idaho Family Forum called Wednesday for Planned Parenthood of Idaho to tone down the presentations its lecturers give in Boise-area public schools.
“Mothers and fathers did not send their children to school to have this kind of bankrupt 1960s philosophy impressed on their minds,” Idaho Family Forum Director Dennis Mansfield said.
A Planned Parenthood of Idaho lecturer conducted the presentation last month in a sociology class, mostly attended by 11th- and 12th-graders.
School officials reprimanded the Borah High teacher, Steve Van Ocker, saying that he allowed the “classroom situation to go beyond school district policy” and that the principal was not consulted beforehand.
He received a written reprimand but was not suspended.
Van Ocker could not be reached for comment at his home Wednesday. Boise Education Association President Blas Telleria said, however, that the teachers’ union felt the district had properly handled the situation.
Mansfield said the Planned Parenthood lecturer caught the teacher and the school by surprise by unveiling the penis model in the last 10 minutes of the class.
Mary Kelly McColl, executive director of Planned Parenthood, said no surprise was intended and the instructor merely used the model to answer a student’s question.
The class was discussing the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, she said, when a student asked about the failure rate of condoms. The lecturer then used the model to show how condoms should be used to increase their effectiveness.
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