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|NUMBER 256||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||May 2007|
|Sex Ed Lesson Embarrasses 8th-Grade Students, Outrages Parents|
The teacher went through the handout with students and required them to read portions of the material aloud. "I just felt really uncomfortable talking about this in a class with boys and girls," said one female student. "I was like, 'Mr. Groff, why do we need to learn this? He just looked at me and said, 'Calm down, calm down.'"
Wolcott School principal Stephan Harman called the incident a serious mistake, and said that Groff claimed not to have read the four-page handout "thoroughly enough" before beginning the lesson. Harmon did not know why Groff continued the lesson after the graphic content became obvious.
After meeting with parents, the school board sent Groff on paid administrative leave. The board will not renew his contract. The district will also suspend its sex ed program temporarily and review the materials most teachers use.