WI Prosecutor Threatens Teachers With Arrest If They Follow State’s New Sex Ed Curriculum

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a Juneau County [WI] District Attorney Scott Southworth has sent a letter to local school districts that they could face arrest and jail if they teach the state’s newly created sex ed curriculum that requires students to learn about birth control and avoiding sexually transmitted diseases on the grounds that they will be contributing to the delinquency of minors: 

A Wisconsin prosecutor is warning that teachers who teach the state’s new sex education curriculum could be arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of children.

Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth told the Wisconsin State Journal that the state’s sex education law, which was signed by Gov. Jim Doyle in February, is a “sick and shameful piece of legislation” that encourages illegal sex among minors. And he sent a letter to five school districts urging them to temporarily drop all sex education classes until the Legislature can repeal the law.

“Forcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender,” Southworth wrote in the March 24 letter. “It is akin to teaching children about alcohol use, then instructing them on how to make mixed alcoholic drinks.”

The new law requires schools that teach sex education to include curriculum about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases as part of comprehensive classes. But Southworth said it essentially forces school districts to “instruct children on sex-for-pleasure.” And in his letter, he warned the law promotes the sexual assault of children, exposes teachers to possible criminal liability, undermines parental authority, requires districts to condone controversial sexual behavior, gives the contraceptive industry access to school children and may expose districts to civil litigation.

“This, in turn, will lead to more child sexual assaults,” he said in the letter.

Southworth, a Republican, said teachers will be pushed into “encouragement and advocacy” that “could lead to criminal charges.” And he said districts may be forced to teach about homosexuality as well as transgender and transsexual people. He also said the law will allow “health care providers” such as Planned Parenthood to effectively “market sexually-oriented products to our children.”

A copy of the letter can be found here [PDF].