Student Protests Abstinence-Only Assembly, Gets Threatened by Principal

“If you take birth control, your mother probably hates you.”

“I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if youíre going to be promiscuous.”

Such were the remarks of Pam Stenzel’s talk with students at George Washington high school in West Virginia at an assembly advertised as “God’s plan for sexual purity.”

It cost between $4,000-$6,000 dollars to bring Stenzel to the school to yell, berate and shame students about the consequences of having sex. To make matters worse, much of the information she provided was completely false like condoms aren’t safe and every sexual contact will lead to an STD or infertility.

Katelyn Campbell, student body vice president, refused to attend the assembly. Many of those who did attend complained about being extremely uncomfortable and some even left crying. Campbell decided it was time to take action. She filed a complaint with the ACLU about the assembly which she said was “slut shaming” and talked to the press about her objections.

The result?

Her principal George Aulenbacher called her to his office and said, “How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?”

He didnít stop there. He continued to yell at her until she was driven to tears.

Of the incident Campbell has said, “He threatened me and my future in order to put forth his own personal agenda and made teachers and students feel they canít speak up because of fear of retaliation.”

But Campbell will not be silenced, especially on this issue.

“West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” Campbell said. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed.”

Campbell has since filed an injunction against her principal to prohibit him from retaliating against her for exercising her right to free speech. In a news conference at her attorney’s office Campbell said she wants Principal Aulenbacher to resign and apologize to the school community for her actions.

Campbell should not be threatened for standing up for comprehensive sexual education for herself and the rest of the student body. She should be applauded.

Send Campbell your support by signing a petition to call on the Kanawha County of West Virginia Board of Education to support comprehensive sexual education and every studentís right to free speech.

 

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131 comments

Deborah W
Deborah W11 months ago

Gives a whole new meaning to OVER THE TOP. Pam Stenzel’s remarks to the high school students
(which cost $4,000-$6,000 for the privilege to yell, berate and shame students about the consequences of having sex. Much of the information she provided was completely (NO, mostly) false ... fact is, each lie has a minimal truth, not ALL condoms are safe and not EVERY sexual contact will lead to an STD or infertility.
Of the incident Campbell says she has been threatened, as has her future, just to put forth Aulenbacher 's own personal agenda, making teachers and students feel they can’t speak up because of retaliation fears. AN APPEALING METHOD OFTEN USED BY BOTH SIDES OF AN ISSUE. Campbell has since filed an injunction against her principal to prohibit him (him or her) from retaliating against her for exercising her right to free speech. In a news conference at her attorney’s office, Campbell said she wants Aulenbacher to RESIGN AND APOLOGIZE to the school community for her (her or his actions -- even that fact is not clear). Campbell should not be threatened for standing up for comprehensive sexual education for herself and the rest of the student body (as she sees it), but only after a full truth is presented -- which ts certainly was not. FODDER FIELD FOR LOOPHOLE LAWYERS ... big bucks and name recognition all around.

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Kay M.
.4 years ago

Thank you for the article and all the great information provided in it., I also enjoyed reading the 125 comments from the members.

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

I support her 100%!

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Aud Nordby
Aud nordby4 years ago

thank you

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Heidi S.
Heidi S4 years ago

they paid this woman how much? 6000 we all could have wiped our asses with? for God's purity? ......bullshit...bullshit....bullshit.......I praise Campbell for being strong enough to speak her mind!! if students get no information then what was described..no wonder they all end up pregnant....safe to say I'm thankful I wasn't raised in the bible belt....they need to catch up to the year 2013 and get out of the dark ages FAST.

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Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

There are two reasons why government has some legitimate concern about citizens' sexuality: sexually transmitted disease and the need to know who to hold responsible for rearing children until they can support themselves. Now that the cost for a transcript of a human genome is down to $1,000, it should cost only about $3,000 to prove who is the father of a child, given a suspect. As for sexually transmitted disease, public health departments generally find they have less trouble where early teens are taught about safe sex as well as about abstinence. I suppose another possibility would be thoroughly chaperoned separate schools for boys and girls from shortly before adolescence until the young ones can be placed in jobs that pay well enough for them to support themselves.

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Marianne Good
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo4 years ago

There is nothing more repulsive than false piety especially the kind that is delivered for a significant fee which tax payers paid for! The very idea makes my blood boil! How dare that prinicipal and that woman exploit the students in this manner. Campbell's courage is remarkable. (P, T)

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Lisa Spotswood
Lisa Spotswood4 years ago

This just sounds like another liberal article to me, & I question how accurate it is! There are currently so many teens having babies out of wedlock that will remain on welfare, it's pathetic!
Whether or not this Pam character exists & how awful she is supposedly, isn't the point! We are going to have a whole generation of people that never had the benefit of a mother & father to nurture & guide them. A boot camp approach about sex & it's consequences isn't so terrible!

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Judie B.
Judie B4 years ago

Stenzel and Aulenbacher are a large part of the reason why West Virginia is so high on the list of unwanted pregnancies. Intimidation is NOT education. They both fail in their educational methods and should be banned from all school campuses, immediately. These people are not assets to the educational system, they're liabilities.

Good for Campbell for standing up for her rights! She has the RIGHT to have a complete and thorough education in order to prepare her to make the right choices for her future. Obviously, she's already more intelligent than both Stenzel and Aulenbacher, combined.

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