An message containing instructions on how to reset your password has been sent to the e-mail address listed on your. Click isupportlocal for more information on supporting our local journalists. Pam Stenzel, a Christian speaker dedicated to teaching teens about "the consequences, both physical and emotional, of sex outside of marriage," told GW students in an assembly on Tuesday that if they have had any premarital sexual contact, they're "impure," student Katelyn Campbell said.
Campbell said Stenzel kept religion out of the conversation but that she still plans to file a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union. Campbell called Stenzel's presentation "slut-shaming" and said it was filled with false statistics and meant to "scare students into abstaining from sex.
She was making girls cry. There were pregnant girls in the audience and she was implying, if you had sex, you're not an OK person," the male student said. Rumor has it that the assembly today is on safe sex and STDs. I thought, 'Wow, now we're getting somewhere. Students took to social media during the assembly, posting messages to Twitter like, "She doesn't like you if you're not a virgin" and "I hope people are calling in about the sex ed speaker this morning. Shaming girls for having sex isn't teaching abstinence. GW Principal George Aulenbacher said he was present for the majority of the assembly and said he didn't hear any out-of-line comments.
Anytime you talk about sex with any teen student, it can be uncomfortable," he said. Sometimes, that can be a touchy topic, but I was not offended by her. The intent was to educate and talk to kids about making good decisions. However, Kanawha County school board member Becky Jordon, who attended the assembly, said dozens of students left the assembly and "complained before they even heard [Stenzel] speak.
Kids all over Kanawha County need to hear her message," she said.
Kids need to understand that what they think is one night of fun can change their lives forever. It was very sharp and loud, but if she just stood there passively, she wouldn't be heard.
Harper could not attend the event, but said she researched online and watched YouTube videos of Stenzel "to make sure it was appropriate for students and our health standards. County Superintendent Ron Duerring said no school money was used to book Stenzel.
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