Parents Say Sex-Ed Book Goes too Far
ST. LOUIS, MO. -- An e-book on sex education has outraged some parents in Missouri.
They say the book goes too far with cartoon drawings of naked people and others involved in sexual acts.
"Most of the time, when I showed this to parents, their jaws just hit the floor," Schmidt said. "They were shocked and then their next reaction was outrage."
Father of two Tim Schmidt is talking about the reaction some parents have to this book.
It's called "It's Perfectly Normal" and according to the authors, it talks about changing bodies, growing up, sex and sexual health.
"It has a lot of explicit drawings," Schmidt said. "Cartoon images, life-like cartoon images. A look of nudity. It actually shows people having sex."
This is the first school year that the book has been in the Francis Howell School District. It's only available in e-form at the middle school libraries, but it is not part of the school curriculum.
Schmidt filed a formal complaint to have the literature removed.
The school district's only comment on this issue mainly addressed the complaint. District officials said in a statement: "....It was determined to keep the ebook available as a resource for check out in the library. If a parent determines that he /she does not want their child to have access to certain materials we honor that request."
Some parents are OK with the book including, June Tiller.
"I feel like if the school teaches them this, and they have this information available, it's very important, and it will help keep them safe," Tiller said.
Schmidt has a petition circulating calling for the book to be removed.
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