A west Texas high school has been put in the spotlight for an unflattering reason. This small town high school is having a STD epidemic. Out of 300 students, 20 have been reported to have contracted the STD Chlamydia. Some people are blaming their “Abstinence Curriculum” on the student’s lack of sexual knowledge.
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. It is a bacterial infection and is treatable through antibiotics. However, if left untreated, it can cause severe damage to a woman’s reproductive organs. It can go unnoticed, but according to CDC (Center for Disease Control) in men, it can cause painful infections.
Jim T. Rumage, Crane ISD Superintendent, has said that “using abstinence methodology is useful in keeping kids from having sex”. He also stated “If kids are not having any sexual activity, they can’t get this disease … That’s not a bad program,” Well unfortunately for him, that theory is not working. These kids are having sex and they need to be informed about all that comes with having it.
Texas law does not require public schools to have complete sex education classes. According to the National Institute of Health, any state that pushes for abstinence courses over sex education will most likely have a higher STD rate and teen pregnancy rate.
As awkward as it may be, talking about sex is really important; especially if you have no clue on the dangers that can occur if you don’t know how to protect yourself. It’s ideal that no one wants young people engaging in such adult activities, but the reality is, they are. So why not have that conversation? Let’s hope that Crane ISD puts a Sex Education class in student’s required courses next year!