Barbara at MommyLife had a great wake up call for parents about the kinds of things our children can come in contact with as we send them out into the world of school life. Apparently, in Boulder, CO a clinical psychologist told students, some as young as 14 years old, at a mandatory school assembly,
"I am going to encourage you to have sex and encourage you to use drugs appropriately."
Check out the entire story and her Part 2 follow up.
It seems to me that this school leaves itself vulnerable to legal action. A teenager is going to see this clinical psychologist who is asked to speak to them by their school principal who they see as an authority figure. This authority figure tells them to do drugs. So what if a teenager actually uses this instance to obey an authority figure (because hey, they're being told to do something they actually want to do) and does drugs and overdoses or causes an accident and kills someone. Isn't this school who told them to do this liable for anything that results from this immoral and inappropriate advice? What about if the teenagers follow the advice to experiment with sex of all kinds and end up with an STD or an unplanned pregnancy? Is this school or the speaker going to step in and help the student out with the lifelong consequences they'll have to face?
We are getting closer to having to make decisions about schools for our children and things like this leave me more and more confused. On one hand, I'm not sure we'll be able to afford Catholic school - it would take a miracle - not beyond God's doing mind you! - and on the other hand stories like these scare me to death about public schools. I could soooo not do the homeschooling thing so that is not an option. This is just something I am going to have to really start praying about in a more dedicated and focused fashion.