FREMONT (KCBS)— A controversial book intended for 9th grade sex-education at Fremont Unified Schools has been shelved by the superintendent, at least for now.
Superintendent Jim Morris recommended to the school board that the textbook in question, ‘Your Health Today’, not be distributed to 9th graders until parents’ concerns could be looked at further.
The textbook talks about masturbation, sex toys and orgasms. There’s a paragraph about bondage, using handcuffs, ropes and blindfolds for sex games.
Parent Sally Hu showed KPIX 5 a passage with information on how to find a partner.
“It’s got a full page of links to online dating,” said Hu. “Why would you give that to 13 or 14-year-olds?”
Last week over 1,000 people signed an online petition to ban the book from the school’s curriculum.
According to Hu, the book that was going to be included in the sex-ed curriculum for the high-school’s health education is actually intended for college students.
“I’m so grateful to the superintendent that he’s making this recommendation to use the existing text,” said one parent, Sally Hu. “The Fremont school district already has a health class that has a sex-education portion. This book takes it many steps beyond that (at the adult-level) and it’s really imposing adult-level sex down to 13 and 14-year olds,” she said.
Morris said he believes the textbook is an asset to the health curriculum.
Meanwhile, the district has been in contact with the book’s publisher about possibly modifying the text.