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Sex Ed Curriculum Group to Warn Parents of Risks at Town Hall Meeting

Contact: Michelle Turner, Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, 301-335-6042


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD, Mar. 6 /Standard Newswire/ -- The Montgomery County Board of Education hasn't been truthful in telling parents and students what the new sex ed curriculum is about, according to Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum. The grassroots citizen group intends to educate parents about its real medical and emotional risks during a town hall meeting on March 8th, according to Michelle Turner, vice-president of CRC.


During a recent parents' meeting at one of the test schools, no verbal questions were allowed, according to Turner. "We decided parents need to be better informed in order to choose whether or not they want their child to participate." she said.


"One particularly harmful 'fact' that the new curriculum will teach is transgenderism, which is defined as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. I wonder if parents realize that their children are being taught a mental disorder as just your average lifestyle choice." she added.


The event features Ms. Turner as well as Dr. Ruth Jacobs, an infectious disease specialist, and CRC's representative on the Board's Citizens Advisory Committee, the group that put the curriculum together for the Board's approval. Dr. Jacobs collected over 270 signatures of physicians in Montgomery County who opposed the school board's refusal to add a warning by the Surgeon General on the unique dangers of relying on condoms during anal intercourse to protect against serious diseases including HIV/AIDS.


The curriculum was approved by the Board on January 9th. It will be tested among 8th graders at Argyle, Julius West, and Westland middle schools and 10th graders in Sherwood, Watkins Mill, and Bethesda Chevy Chase high schools in mid March. The organizers of the meeting hope to reach the parents of the pilot students.


The meeting will be held from 7-9 pm at the Washingtonian Marriott, Gaithersburg, 9751 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 on March 8th. Consult the group's website for further information.