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School District apologizes after sexually graphic Planned Parenthood vid is shown to students

Posted in Planned Parenthood School, Planned Parenthood sex ed, Sex Ed with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2018 by saynsumthn
Image: Sarasota County School takes heat for showing graphic Planned Parenthood Vid (Image: Planned Parenthood vid)

Sarasota County School takes heat for showing graphic Planned Parenthood Vid (Image: Planned Parenthood vid)

A Sarasota County School District is taking heat from parents after a sexually graphic Planned Parenthood video was shown to teens at one of the schools. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions nationwide and has been exposed for covering up child sexual abuse in several states.

According to MySuncoast.Com, sex-ed instructor from  SPARCC, the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center broke protocol by not having the video, called ‘When Someone Doesn’t Want to Have Sex: What is Consent? vetted first at Pine View High School. The incident was allegedly reported to school administration by two teachers and at least one parent, the paper noted.

District spokeswoman Tracey Beeker, told the paper that SPARCC “did not follow the correct process for guest speakers” by allowing the counselor into the school before their scheduled time and by “showing materials that had not been approved.”

A report by WFLA states that, “The video [seen below and different from the one shown at MySuncoast.com] was produced by Planned Parenthood and included footage of several couples, including men making out with other men and women kissing other women.”

In response, Board member, Bridget Ziegler Tweeted, “What do parental rights matter in K-12 ed? This video was shown to students during an AP Literature class. No parents were notified in advance. It was only after a student complained that parents & our board became aware. Warning: Mature Content.”

Image: Sarasota County Schools board member on graphic Planned Parenthood Vid (Image: Twitter)

Sarasota County Schools board member on graphic Planned Parenthood Vid (Image: Twitter)

School board member Eric Robinson found the video uncomfortable, according to the interview he conducted with WFLA,“Its just unfortunate that they decided to use Planned Parenthood to get their message out,” said Robinson. “If parents had been notified about this, this could’ve been stopped off at the pass.”

An apology published by SPARCC on the school board’s website reads in part:

On November 7, an unsuitable video was shown to Pine View students that was not approved by the school district. After observing the video in class, a teacher notified school administration of their concern about the contents of the video, and an investigation was conducted. Previously, SPARCC had used an approved video to teach this coursework. After an initial investigation, it was discovered that a SPARCC counselor took it upon herself to show this video, knowing it had not been previously vetted, and broke curriculum protocol. In addition, school staff at Pine View did not follow the correct process for guest speakers by admitting this counselor in the school in advance of their appointment and showing materials that had not been approved.

In a statement from SPARCC, President and CEO, Jessica Hays wrote, “We sincerely apologize for the incident last Wednesday at Pine View. The staff member did not follow established protocol regarding the programming presented, and the organization has acted to ensure that this does not happen again. SPARCC has had a positive relationship with Sarasota County Schools that has spanned more than 15 years and we take the trust placed in our organization very seriously. Preventing domestic/dating violence and sexual assault is central to our mission and SPARCC aims to be a trusted resource for our community.”

Image: Sarasota County Schools apology for showing graphic Planned Parenthood Vid (Image: Twitter)

Sarasota County Schools apology for showing graphic Planned Parenthood Vid (Image: Twitter)

“We appreciate SPARCC’s shared concerns regarding this incident,” noted Dr. Stephen Covert, principal at Pine View School. “I am thankful for their swift review of the events and apology to our students, staff, school leaders and families. Until now, SPARCC has been a trusted resource for our students and school community, however, I am disappointed that the action of one resulted in an unacceptable situation for our students. I want to assure our school community that we will follow district guidelines and will take extra precautions in the future to ensure only pre-approved materials are used in the classroom.”

Until a complete review is conducted, the school district has suspended SPARCC from presenting programming in Sarasota County schools. The district has also reinforced guest speaker protocols with school leaders and staff to ensure anyone presenting to students has a pre-approved set of curricula that is reviewed and accepted by the school principal.

 

School drives student to abortion giant Planned Parenthood

Posted in Planned Parenthood on School Campus, Schools and abortion with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by saynsumthn

According to the Herald Tribune

Abortion opponents who regularly picket in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Sarasota know some of the schedules there pretty well.

More than anything, they say, abortions are normally scheduled for Friday mornings, and that is when the picketers and their signs are most numerous.

So there was probably no chance that the arrival of a white van with a distinctly unexpected logo would go unnoticed.

The markings identified the van as belonging to the Sarasota County School District. Inside were a driver and two female passengers, and at least one looked to be of high school age.

As is common even when ordinary vehicles enter the Planned Parenthood parking lot, some of the protesters took video of the van. Gene Tischer, one of the regular anti-Planned Parenthood guys there, sent that video to some members of the School Board and other school officials. He attached a list of pointed questions.

“1. Under what authority, pursuant to which specific Sarasota County School Board policy, does a Sarasota County school van deliver young girls to PP during normal school day hours?

“2. Are the Board members and administration aware that abortions are performed at this time and place every Friday?

“3. Were taxpayer funds used to provide this transportation and escort service? If so, based on staff time, vehicle usage and distance traveled, approximately how much did this trip cost us taxpayers?

“4. How many similar trips have school vans/buses made to PP this calendar year?

“5. When may I expect written responses to the questions posed above?”

Valid questions, I thought. And school officials got back to us quickly after I asked about the same things.

Right off the bat they said there had been a school system policy violation, and that Riverview High Principal Linda Nook has received a reprimand for it. And yes, a female student was in that van.

But the student wasn’t there for an abortion. Nor was it a career day field trip or the like, in case that sort of thing had also crossed any protester’s mind.

The student had talked to a teacher and was in need of a pregnancy test and tests for a sexually transmitted disease, a schools’ spokesman told me.

“The testing services the student needed were available through the Health Department, but the student had personal reasons for wanting to have the tests done elsewhere,” the spokesman said.

“In response to the student’s concerns, the two staff members decided to take her to Planned Parenthood for the tests instead of the Health Department,” and they had parental permission to do so, he said.

As it turned out, the student was not able to get the tests at Planned Parenthood that morning. The school district did not say why, but said, “No tests or procedures were performed.” The student later went to get tests done without further school involvement.

She reported that she was not pregnant and that the disease tests were negative, the spokesman said.

But that well-intentioned attempt by school officials was a violation of district policy, said Superintendent Lori White.

“The staff members should have referred the issue to a school social worker, who would have assessed the situation and would have taken the student to the Sarasota County Health Department if necessary,” White said in a statement. “If they have parent permission, school social workers are authorized to transport students to access public health services, but not to initiate services from a private provider.”

After district administrators learned about the visit, “the principal received a reprimand from the executive director of high schools,” White said.

The principal was not in the van, but an assistant principal and teacher who acted with the approval of the principal each received a letter of instruction that explained the proper procedure. Such letters are not considered a disciplinary action.

Tischer, who had attached the questions to the video, said none of the protesters outside Planned Parenthood had assumed school employees were taking students to get abortions. But as it was a Friday morning, they did wonder. They also thought it would be an inappropriate visit for just about any other purpose, especially if a student was driven in a school van to get birth control.

Tischer said it seemed important to ask what business any school employee and vehicle had going there during school hours, and how many other times such trips have been made there.

That last question got a simple answer from White.

“None.”