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home : opinion : letters to the editor June 26, 2016

3/6/2013 9:27:00 AM
Area parents ought to be angry about Teen Fair

Area parents ought to be angry about Teen Fair
I read last week's Citizen article about the Teen Fair, an event which wasn't well advertised for parents.
I briefly was aware that this was being provided last Friday after the early dismissal for students. Fortunately, both of my children were doing other things than participating in that Teen Fair.
I know that the Southwest Crisis Center may have meant to do some good and help teens become aware of domestic abuse, but they should have been more responsible on becoming aware of all those who were allowed to participate in this event.
The Cottonwood/Jackson Community Health Service was allowed to participate and discuss a highly sensitive subject - unprotected sex! This wouldn't be so bad, but after students rolled the dice game they were given brown paper bags with condoms and lubrication!
When my son returned from lunch with the retiring football coach, his friends showed him what they had received at the fair. This is a clear violation on parental rights, not to mention the ultimate abuse of adults by giving something to teens that they have no business giving in the first place. All parents should be outraged.
Not all teens are having sex these days and how much better would it be to provide information on the benefits of abstinence, something most parents and churches are trying to teach their children. Condoms do not prevent pregnancies or STDs. False protection is as dangerous as anything.
As a parent, I contacted Windom Area High School to voice my disapproval of this event and what had happened there. I was assured that they did not have previous knowledge that this would be occurring (at the Community Health booth) and that they had asked the Southwest Crisis Center to write a letter of apology.
I feel everyone should be aware of these events. A previous article reported that they can't wait to go to other high schools and do more teen events. God help the parents who will never know the truth of what may happen, only to become shocked to find out their child was handed condoms and lubrication.
Schools should only be teaching the simple subjects of English, Math, Science, Art, etc. They should leave the moral training to the parents.
Is there any wonder why so many families home school their children today?
A concerned parent!
     - Julienne Antes,

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