Rural Texas Third Graders Mistakenly Taught Lesson About Sexting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Do you agree or disagree that texting your best friend about the intimate details of last night's date with your significant other is a good idea?

That was just one of many questions on a homework assignment given to third grade students at Groesbeck Elementary School last week.

Another asked students to explain how it feels to have a date text a very sexual picture of them to classmates?

The assignment was part of a program brought in by Groesbeck ISD to address bullying, however the district was unaware about a section on sexting.

"No one had really reviewed this particular part of the curriculum and because they did not, then we had a situation we wish did not happen," said Groesbeck ISD Superintendent Dr. Harold Ramm.

Dr. Ramm says the material was not appropriate for third graders, and the district immediately stopped the program after receiving calls from parents.

"My son doesn't even have a cell phone," said Shannette Leach, "He doesn't even know that sexting exists, until now."

She found out her son watched a video on the dangers of sexting which included a re-enacted scenario of a young girl having her picture taken in the shower.

"Apparently they showed her from her waist up, but I guess it was kind of blurred," said Leach.

The program was presented by a non-profit group called Voice Inc. which according to its website, provides drug prevention education and presentations in schools and community sites as well as family-focused programs.

Voice Inc. CEO Lynda Sloan says the group has shown the program which is designed for grades 3-6 to other districts, and this is the first time there's been an issue.

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