Last week, the Indianapolis Star reported:
Two sixth-grade students who engaged in sexual activity during an industrial technology class have been expelled from Raymond Park Middle School, Warren Township Schools Superintendent Peggy Hinckley said Tuesday.
This is another one of those stories where I hardly know where to begin. I guess I’ll start with some general thoughts: We live in a culture that assumes teaching abstinence is unrealistic. If that’s true — that is, if it’s true that it’s unrealistic to expect that kids will abstain, that means it’s always unrealistic to expect that kids will abstain. In other words, if you generally assume that kids can’t control their sexual desires, why would you assume that they can control them while they’re in school? It’s painfully obvious that these two sixth graders who were expelled are starving for love and affection. Now that they’ve been expelled, what’s going to happen to them? Will they continue to be bounced around from school to school? Who’s going to reach out to them? Who’s going to love them? Does anyone care? Considering how aggressively our children are being sexualized, an incident like this one at Raymond Park Middle School should hardly come as a surprise. Still, it’s incredibly sad. As Mark Shea has often said: “Show me a culture that despises virginity, and I’ll show you a culture that despises children.”
- Wendy Shalit at Modestly Yours has yet another excellent post titled Double Trouble.