A instructor’s efforts to inform her center faculty students about abortion have been denounced as being “completely inappropriate,” a faculty district spokesman informed the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
The instructor, identified as Jenny Thomas of Sutter Middle School in Sacramento, Calif., has been criticized for having students watch graphic footage of abortions, with narration by anti-abortion activist Anthony Levatino, MD.
“I looked at the remains of a pre-born child whose life I had ended, and all I could see was someone’s son or daughter,” Levatino says in a single voice-over.
Thomas is a science instructor at the faculty and was overlaying intercourse schooling earlier this month as a part of her curriculum. In addition to the controversial anti-abortion videos, she played the Nick Cannon music video “Can I Live?” for students. The video exhibits Cannon, the TV character formerly married to Mariah Carey, rapping about being grateful that his mom decided not to terminate her pregnancy.
Parents have insisted that Thomas is an effective instructor, but felt compelled to complain about her strategy to the abortion difficulty. In the words of one mother, the videos have been “biased, misleading, and graphic.”
Thomas has since reportedly apologized for the presentation. According to Alex Barrios, spokesman for the Sacramento City Unified School District, officials “will address this matter with the seriousness it demands.”
He added that the “completely inappropriate” lesson did not “meet the district’s approved family life and sexuality curriculum.”
The Sacramento Bee reviews that district policy doesn’t draw back from together with controversial issues in its curriculum, however it does insist that academics “exercise caution and discretion” and “ensure that all sides of a controversial issue are impartially presented.”
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