Teacher under fire after students publish dating survival guide that promotes casual and group sex

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From USA Today: INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana high school media adviser said she may face possible disciplinary action after her students published a magazine on dating and relationships.

Plainfield High School English teacher Michelle Burress landed in the school board’s cross hairs after the first issue of The Shakedown was distributed to students Monday. Burress is the Plainfield (Ind.) Community School Corp.’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

The magazine headlined “Plainfield High School’s Dating Survival Guide Declassified” was created entirely by students in Burress’ publications class.

Student editors said it was published to much fanfare among classmates but quickly started to receive backlash. “We were so excited to put them out,” said Kayla Mays, a junior and co-editor of the issue with classmate Anu Nattam. “We were so proud. It was completely unlike anything we’d done before.”

The staff received about 1,700 copies of the printed publication and delivered them to every class Monday. Mays said negative comments started within hours.

“Parents need to be aware that Plainfield High School has published and distributed to students a magazine telling our children that casual sex and even group (sex) is OK,” Bret Allen wrote on Facebook.

Allen, the daughter of the Plainfield Schools board president Michael Allen, pointed at one article penned by a ninth-grade boy who described a sleepover with his girlfriend. Both had their parents’ permission and their physical contact was limited to a hug, the boy wrote.

Allen also pointed to the highlighted definition of the word polyamory, which is a relationship involving more than two people. “This and more about what is acceptable when it comes to sex is what our children as young as 14 are being taught at Plainfield High School,” Allen wrote. Allen’s Facebook page is no longer visible to the public.

Mays said Allen posted snippets of stories without context and the publication staff stands by its work. “This and more about what is acceptable when it comes to sex is what our children as young as 14 are being taught at Plainfield High School.”

“We didn’t think there was anything to be ashamed of,” she said. “It was completely unbiased, completely informative.”

Plainfield Schools’ board had initially scheduled a disciplinary meeting with Burress on Monday, but Sabrina Kapp, the director of Communications, said Friday the meeting was cancelled. The board’s next regular meeting is Nov. 9.

“Because I might be facing potential disciplinary action, my attorney has advised that I not discuss the situation,” Burress said in an email.

Ryan Gunterman, executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association, said nothing in the 24-page magazine promotes or glamorizes sex. “This is well done, non-sensationalist material here,” said Gunterman. “We don’t know what the big deal is, honestly.”

Mays said students are worried about the school’s administration trying to censor its young journalists, but another publication team is already working on the next issue. “We expect there will be backlash with that, as well,” she said. “We’re not letting it stop us. We’re here to do a job. We’re here to inform.”

DCG

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15 responses to “Teacher under fire after students publish dating survival guide that promotes casual and group sex

  1. Public school is no place for a child.

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  2. Yet this is EXACTLY what the sex ed classes teach to middle schoolers! WTF?!?

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  3. Say it with me-“HOME SCHOOL!!!!!”

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  4. I ask myself what is happening??? Now I understand why so many parents prefer home schooling.

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  5. It seems that a number of teachers in public schools these days don’t even have so much as a shred of common sense.

    If I were a parent, I’d make any sacrifice necessary to homeschool my kid(s).

    ~ D-FensDogG
    Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews…

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  6. How is it that we continue to pay taxes to support this? I agree that home schooling is the short answer. But if we are forced to do this, why should we pay for public schools?

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  8. MAKE NO MISTAKE: This worm is turning, and it’s bigger than this one teacher at this school. When I taught here in New York City some 25 to 33 years ago, there was always the one student who got seduced by a teacher, or a dean or a security guard. It was rare, but it happened.
    But something else is going on here: The adults have already gone after the students. It began with sex education. And we wonder why students are sexting each other and dishing out revenge porn? There are no consequences, after all: Abortion is always available, and, thanks to President Bill Clinton (and wife Hillary) the Plan-B Pill is also available.

    And what parent wouldn’t take his pregnant daughter to have an abortion?

    But now we have the sexually active teenagers coordinating and publishing, with the help of a teacher—or any adult. The final barriers are coming down: INTERGENERATIONAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY IS HERE.

    [Just heard on Alex Jones, live, Tue., Oct. 31, 2017: Attack by someone driving a truck upon pedestrians, and gunshots have been fired near Chambers St. & Greenwich St., in downtown Manhattan.]

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  9. I am not shocked to read this, but I am saddened. I am not naive about sex and the number of partners that polls tell us that the average person has in their lifetime. I guess that I am one of the strange ones. I admit that I have been divorced and remarried, and am sorry and forgiven by God for that. I also can say that in my lifetime, I have had only 2 sex partners, both of them my wives. That makes me some kind of a freak, in most modern peoples minds. It is not that I didn’t have the chance to stray, as I played music in a rock and roll band between marriages, and there are many women who have little self esteem and will sleep with pretty much anyone, especially if they are in the band. But that is not the way I was raised. One must wonder just how these kids who write their school newspaper are raised.

    I remember one time a few kids, maybe 10 or 15 of them, did a walk out of class and picketed from across the street, about going to a closed campus at lunch time. We were a small school, about 400 high school kids. My mother, who owned a local restaurant, was at the school in a heartbeat, just as soon as she heard of it, along with several other mothers, to make sure that neither I nor my twin brother, were involved in the walkout. She would have killed us if we were doing anything like that. That of course was back in the day when parents were allowed to be parents, and actually cared enough to be involved in their kids schooling, not just their extra curricular activities.

    I actually feel sorry for these kids being brought up without the kind of parents who would hear of this newsletter, and storm the school, with fire in their eyes, and steam coming out of their ears, ready to raise holy he–, if their kids were involved in this perversion being peddled on taxpayers money.

    I believe that the current generation is our best hope for coming back to the Lord, those of us in my generation have missed the boat. But they had better start soon, or it will be too late. Remember, it takes a little rudder to turn a huge ship, but if you wait too late, that ship will run aground, no matter what.

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  10. So, now you all know why….as a teacher with multiple degrees/subjects for which I can legally teach….I RAN AWAY to ART after many years of teaching either straight English or History or a combined assignment of both. This sort of stuff raises its ugly head in one degree or another for each class that passes through the English classes. There’s always something like this to manage….b/c everyone, even an 11-17 yr-old, thinks that they have certain (adult) “rights” that do not merit adult guidance/ instruction/education fr either parents OR teachers. And these days…the parents are absent/hands-off. So–whoa be it to a teacher who tries to guide or instruct or educate on these things that are abdicated by parents…but empowered by government. There is NO MIDDLE LINE. In fact, there is NO DAMNED LINE whatsoever for a teacher in these sorts of scenarios. Besides which, parents will fight to the death to TRY to make you change an English grade (even if supremely UNWARRENTED and proved by recorded test grades and missing assignments). Pretty much my biggest challenge in art is managing the Renaissance (female nudes, nude cherubs, etc….) but there is SOOOOO much material that I can spend the entire Renaissance unit on drafting a value study for a 12″x18″ grid/enlargment of the “Mona Lisa.” I can EVEN avoid RELIGION while teaching a Renaissance art unit….I DARE YOU TO TRY THAT!!! When my art kids are “done” with the Mona Lisa value enlargement, they are exhausted and all DONE with the Renaissance and ready to move on to maybe the Impressionists 🙂 Much easier. And, besides…NO PARENT I’ve had in over 12 years of switching to ART has CARED what their kid earned for a grade in art….I’ve had KIDS CARE…but not many parents….and I’ve NEVER had a parent wrestle me to the mat over an art grade like I’ve had when I taught either English or History or the “cored” English/History classes. And, just sayin’….since art was always our FIRST LANGUAGE within humankind, world-over….and also, was our first science…as in anatomical study of man and beast, flora/fauna (as in “the medical arts”)…..I’m pretty sure that we’ve missed the boat w/this attitude.

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  11. Progressive liberalism– doing for sex what Obamacare did for health.

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