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Mississippi Schools OK Early Plans for Sex Education
Well ahead of a state-mandated deadline, school district leaders in Brookhaven and Lincoln counties have selected their sex education policies.
HB 999, passed by the state Legislature in March, requires public schools to implement either an abstinence-only or abstinence-plus program by the 2012-13 school year. Brookhaven and Lincoln both chose abstinence-only.
“Abstinence-only was the best fit for our district,” said Brookhaven Superintendent Dr. Lisa Karmacharya.
The law states that boys and girls must be instructed separately, and the lessons cannot exclude abstinence. Each district’s choice of programming must be “age, grade and developmentally appropriate” and must be approved by the Mississippi Department of Education. Students need their parents’ written permission to participate.
As dictated by the law, the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the state Department of Health are developing sex education programming. The Brookhaven District plans to begin the classes in 2012-13 and will wait to see the state’s materials before choosing a lesson plan, Karmacharya said.
She sat at the edge of her bed, staring out of the window at her gloomy surroundings. She still had no clear understanding as to why her mother would agree to send her here. Her mind wandered again, back to the boy she had seen a bit earlier in the day, and again, she tried to shake it off. She wasn’t here to make friends. Let alone, love. But then again, she didn’t know exactly why she was here. She had seen her mother try too hard, too many times and fail. “love” being the root of all of her troubles. Piper began thinking maybe there was something wrong with her. She unfolded her long legs out from under her and walked gracefully to the long, thin mirror that stood near the window. She took in her long hair, her bone structure, and all the way down her long torso to her legs, where she found just scars from all the years before Brookhaven the years she had spent taking care of her siblings. Scars from bike wrecks, to climbing trees.. She couldn’t pick up on something being wrong with her.