“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 you’re 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.
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 didn’t 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 can’t 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 student’s right to free speech.
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