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10/15/02

Sex Ed Forum Features MTV Moderator

Sex education in Lubbock schools, Tuesday night, the Lubbock Youth Commission advanced its quest to get Lubbock schools to adopt a more comprehensive sex education program. The Lubbock Youth Commission's stance on this issue is drawing national attention. Tuesday, MTV was in town to moderate a sexual health forum at Lubbock City Hall. A forum organized for one simple reason: to better educate Lubbock teens about sex.

The Lubbock Youth Commission says alarming statistics about sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy rates in Lubbock County have catapulted this issue of sexual health among teens into the spotlight. "Lubbock County doubles and triples state and national averages for STD's and teen pregnancy rates," says Lubbock Youth Commission Mayor Corey Nichols.

About 30 to 40 teens and several adults attended a public forum at City Hall. The forum was moderated by MTV news reporter John Norris. MTV showed a 20 minute presentation followed by a question and answer forum with sexual health experts. "What we've found through our research is that there's really a need among youth for information about sex," says Norris. Norris says over the years MTV has evolved into a youth culture network as much as it is a music television network.

The Lubbock Youth Commission has gained national media attention through its push to change the policy of teaching sex Ed in schools. The commission wants Lubbock schools to move from a largely abstinence based sex Ed program to a more comprehensive program that addresses sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and contraception. "Hopefully this wakes them up. We need a change. They can't live in denial forever," says Nichols.

Most teens said the forum was productive, but some say the MTV moderated event lacked in stressing the importance of abstinence. Most teens and adults we talked to say if nothing else, the forum opened the lines of communication between teens and adults on a very pertinent issue.

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