Youth Commission Presents Sex Concerns To School Board - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/23/03

Youth Commission Presents Sex Concerns To School Board

Sex was the topic at another LISD school board meeting. It's a subject that has already brought national attention to Lubbock. Once again the Lubbock Youth Commission is forcing policy makers to address the issue.

The youth commission says this time around its proposal is easy, simple and effective; but the commission has fears its concerns continue to fall on deaf ears. The youth commission says its latest proposal is more reasonable. They say they've compromised, now they want the school board to meet them half way. "This isn't full comprehensive Sex Ed. This isn't even the tip of the iceberg," says Youth Commission Member Shelby Knox.

Yet the students say they are now willing to negotiate. The youth commission believes the current largely abstinence based Sex Ed program is failing teens. So the commission proposes three solutions.

First, they want mandatory visits from certified public health officials in all health classes to give STD presentations.

Second, they propose creating an investigative committee made up of youth, parents, educators, health officials and school board members to look at sex Ed in the LISD.

Third, they ask the LISD to administer the Center for Disease Control's youth risk behavioral survey which surveys kids and gives districts information about behaviors its students are engaged in.

The commission says this proposal helps to modify the current abstinence based program. Students feel they're not being taught enough which they feel is leading to Lubbock County's extraordinarily high teen pregnancy and STD rates.

Retired Family Practitioner Dr. Chester Golightly agrees that a lack of sex education in the LISD is cause for concern. "We need the education, and we know that abstinence isn't working," says Dr. Golightly.

The school board did discuss the issue and the board says it's aware that STD's and teen pregnancy are problems in our community. But the board stopped short of adopting the youth commission's latest proposal. School Board President Mark Griffin says if trustees have particular concerns they will be discussed at a later time. But he doesn't see the district deviating from the current curriculum because he says it already meets the students' needs.

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