8/26/2005

Daily Kos: We have a precedent - Abstinence only DOESN'T WORK!

the lesson here is simple. Abstinence-only was taught at Timken High School. Since that lesson was adopted, one out of every 7.6 girls got pregnant.

We have a precedent - Abstinence only DOESN'T WORK!
by Jeff Seemann For Congress
Thu Aug 25th, 2005 at 16:20:46 CDT

Yeah, I know...this isn't exactly 'breaking news' to most of us. We all know that "abstinence only" sex education doesn't work, but now we have a precedent, AND we have a school superintendent that has openly admitted so.....AFTER having watched it implemented and witnessing it's failure.

And it's all taking place right here in my hometown of Canton, Ohio and in my Congressional District, OH-16

First, a little case history, with proper documentation if needed.

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The story first popped up in the mainstream media on Sunday morning when the Canton Repository with a story entitled MUSTARD SEEDS: The `irresponsible' should get blame (free registration required). The story described the little 'problem' at Canton Timken High School.

This may seem impossible to you, but it's true.

Sixty-five -- again, 65 -- of Timken High School's 490 girl students are pregnant.

That's a number confirmed by Principal Kim Redmond, whose staff, in less than a week, will inherit a problem it had no part in causing.

Whose fault is it that more than 13 percent of Timken's girls are with child? Some would say fault-finding isn't a fruitful exercise, but in this case, it's critical. Suspects range from movies, TV and video games to lazy parents and lax discipline. Only one thing is sure: Schools don't impregnate children.

Yeah, damn those video games.....as Amanda Marcotte said SO eloquently over at Pandagon, "Damn, and here I was foolishly playing videogames without slapping a condom on the controller."

Timken's principal had absolutely no idea how this 'epidemic' could have happened....and the article threw around plenty of possibilities.

"This has gotten to horrible proportions," said Redmond. "I wish I knew the answer to why it's happening."

Not surprisingly, the right-wing media scooped up on this and began the onslaught, led by Drudge. The attacks were merciless over the next three days, and included a solution from a local resident, who wrote this horrifying letter to the editor today (again, free registration required)

Obvious solution for teenage pregnancies: Sterilization
Thursday, August 25, 2005

Oh boy! Sixty-five more on the welfare rolls from one school, assuming, of course, that none of them gives birth to twins, triplets or worse. One pregnant teenager from one school used to be cause for a scarlet letter. Not anymore. By the way, it's not the fault of Timken High School.

The real solution is obvious: sterilization. Save them from themselves. Save our country from them. No sterilization, no government freebies. Insist that these girls name their partner, validate with DNA testing, and sterilize him. There wouldn't be bragging and chest puffing going on by these macho punks.

Taxpayers deserve to have their hard-earned dollars spent on something to solve a problem instead of throwing money at politically correct social programs.

Give us taxpayers a break. Cut tubes and taxes.

FRANK MANELLO JR.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP

Yes, that's right....sterilize the children of Timken High School (which, by the way, is populated with a majority who are African-American ). Something tells me that this idea was proposed before with a certain race of people....I wonder how that plan turned out?

Well, what WASN'T being broadcast in the pages of the Canton Repository, the Drudge Report, Fox News, Newsnet5, and in the hollowed-out heads of the Frank Manellos of the world was this......TIMKEN HIGH SCHOOL WAS USING AN ABSTINENCE-ONLY SEX ED PROGRAM!

Well, that was then. This is now.

Today on the local NPR station, Canton City Schools Superintendent Dianne Talarico broke the silence. She announced today that Canton City Schools would be "investigating" whether or not the system should abandon abstinence-only programs and look towards something that will prevent teenage pregnancies.

Daily Kos: We have a precedent - Abstinence only DOESN'T WORK!

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