School Hands Out Flyers On ‘Implants, Pills, and Condoms' to 7-Year-Olds
Outraged father confronts school board over flyers
Children as young a seven years old were given flyers by their elementary school discussing everything from free birth control, pre-pregnancy services, implants, pills, condoms, and more.
Outraged parent, Richard Penkosk, confronted the school board in Sullivan County following the incident at Mary Hughes School in Piney Flats.
Penkoski told the school board:
“What is more, exactly? And why was this given to my seven-year-old? Since when is it the school’s job to give information to my child about birth control? When did the public schools decide they can teach my child issues regarding morality and sex?”
Penkoski described how the flyer put him in an awkward position of having to explain sex to his child, who he felt was too young.
“I know liberals on this council, specifically, will say something like, ‘Well, schools teach reproduction.’ You are right," he added.
"They do teach biological facts in regard to reproduction. This flyer is not talking about reproduction. It teaches birth control. I also can’t help but notice that abstinence is not on this list.”
Penkoski told the board:
“The public schools think they have the right to usurp my authority as their father. This school does not have that right.”
Sullivan County Director of Schools David Cox insisted they were ‘inadvertently' distributed, that all the schools in the district distributed the flyers to inform disadvantaged families of the existence of the clinic, according to The Kingsport Times-News.
But Penkoski argued that his nine-year-old daughter did not receive one:
“The school can say ‘inadvertent’ all they want, but that is like accidentally giving a child with a peanut allergy a peanut.”
Cox explained that “what happened on the back of the information, there was another part that was inadvertently sent and it did say free birth control," according to WBIR.
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But Penkoski was not convinced.
“[The school] received two pages, and what the principal did was he took the two pages and put them back-to-back to make one copy. Part of it was to save paper, but you can’t miss that. It is a whole page, and right at the top, there are big bold letters that say ‘birth control’ and ‘pre-pregnancy’ and all that stuff," he told The Christian Post.
The president of the Tennessee Pastor’s Network, Dale Walke, also asked the board:
“Our question tonight is where is the accountability of this school? Where is the accountability of this teacher? Where is the accountability of this principal? Where are the checks and balances?"
"What are your procedures to block inappropriate subject matter to parents? Since when does our education system pick and choose what our students are exposed to without notification to their parents first?”
Walker told The Christian Post:
We have a super Republican majority in Tennessee, and many times, people think that because we elect so-called conservative Christians that we can just live our lives and not pay any attention to what’s going on in the public space, in our schools, and in our counties.
Pastors better pay attention to what their children are learning in public schools.
At best, we only have a couple of hours a week with children that attend our churches, and then they go to secular, godless schools … and they are teaching 7-year-olds how to fornicate.