Today’s Denver Depressed Post updates us on a panel discussion at Boulder High School:
School officials here are re-evaluating their policies for allowing panels from the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs to be held at Boulder High School, after a parent and a student complained that a panel about teen sex and drug use was too graphic and permissive in tone.
The controversy stems from an April panel called “STDs: Sex, Teens and Drugs.” The discussion was dotted with frank talk and provocative comments about sex and drugs.
“I’m going to encourage you to have sex, and I’m going to encourage you to use drugs appropriately,” panelist Joel Becker, a Los Angeles clinical psychologist, told the students. “And why I am going to take that position is because you’re going to do it anyway.”
And the part that I really love is when a student and her mother complained to the school board they wanted them to stop reading the transcript because it was obscene:
Boulder High sophomore Daphne White and her mother, Priscilla, complained to the Boulder Valley school board last week about the panel, saying that the high school should not host events that tell students it is OK to use drugs and have sex.
“The panel discussion was a completely irresponsible and dangerous invitation to Boulder High students to have sex and take drugs,” Daphne told the board.
At one point, school board president Helayne Jones told Priscilla White to stop reading excerpts from the panel discussion because the language was inappropriate for the meeting.
“But it was at Boulder High School,” Priscilla White responded. “If they can listen to it, I think you can listen to it.”
Board members agreed some of the language was inappropriate and asked officials to investigate.
Of course, appropriate action will be taken:
School district spokesman Briggs Gamblin said that as a result of the controversy, Boulder High will no longer require students to attend the panel discussions and will more carefully vet the panels. As of now, Gamblin said, the high school intends to continue hosting the panel discussions every spring.
“We think the overall message was one of being positive and healthy in your choices and taking personal responsibility for not making choices until you are ready to make them,” Gamblin said.
May I see a show of hands as to anyone who actually believe that changes will really take place at BHS? They are just upset that someone found them out. They will change things so its harder to actually find out what is going on.