Chlamydia Rages In Texas High School With No Sex Ed Policy

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Three hundred high school kids with raging hormones and a school district that provides no sexual education classes whatsoever. What could possibly go wrong? Chlamydia, for starters.

NewsWest 9 reports parents of Crane High School students in the small town of Crane, Texas received some bad news. An outbreak of chlamydia — also known as “clam chowder” — forced the school to send letters home on Friday. CBS 7 adds that 20 cases have been reported so far. In a school with just 300 students, that means at least one in every 15 kids has chlamydia.

Oh, and Raw Story mentions that Crane ISD “does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality.”

According to the Crane Independent School District Student Handbook for 2014-2015, the district “does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality.” In 2012, the district’s School Health Advisory Committee had recommended Scott & White’s “Worth the Wait” Abstinence Plus curriculum if a sexual education policy was adopted.

While Crane High School does offer a three-day class in the fall, Texas law requires a strong focus on abstinence…which basically means students get no real sexual education whatsoever.

NewsWest9 anchor Trevor Tankersley declares this raging chlamydia epidemic is “shocking.” But really, it isn’t shocking at all. Research proves again and again that abstinence-only sexual education greatly increases the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

So how did parents react? Edward Martinez tells NewsWest 9 reporter Kim Powell he’s thinking of moving.

“I mean I have a kid, honestly I don’t want my kid growing up in an area where nasty stuff like that happens.”

In contrast, Diana Martinez sounds like a reassuring voice of reason when it comes to the chlamydia outbreak:

“Honestly this happens in any town, but just for it to hit close to home, I mean parents need to be aware of the situation and make sure they tell their kids to be safe and practice safe sex.”

Edward and Diana either share the same last name by coincidence or they seriously need to get on the same page about how to talk about safe sex with their children. According to Web MD, chlamydia is treatable with antibiotics, but tends to spread quickly because it often causes no outward symptoms.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info