In 1980 Robert Furchgott investigated the role of a drug called acetylcholine on vasodilation and found that relaxation of blood vessels only occurred if a special class of cells called endothelial cells were present. — A school assignment asking the opinion of eighth graders about a hypothetical situation where they went to a party, had sex with a stranger and contracted herpes outraged parents and NJ.com readers. Loper, who openly talks to the 13-year-old about such topics, said her son thought it was funny. Since this was unprotected sex with a partner who’s current std status you are not aware of, you can follow up with full std testing at the proper time. Last month, New Jersey police reported a Trenton teen torched her ex’s house after hearing he took another girl to the prom. You’re never going to see him again, so go ahead and try that pretzel-twist or fake British accent if that’s what gets you going. Yes, times have definitely changed — and kids are no longer climbing trees and keeping things PG with Spin the Bottle — but my gracious, this might be a little much for most eighth-grade students.
Then again, maybe this will remind middle schoolers that Mom and Dad will likely find something out, and to rethink getting wasted and having a one-night stand, that possibly leads to a need for medical treatment. You had a really rotten day, but lucky for you your best friend is having an awesome party later. You go to the party and start drinking. Once we found a place we started making out again and he started fingering me. You head upstairs to get better acquainted despite several friends telling you that you don’t even know this person. You end up having sex with this person. And seriously, keep the bathroom clean anyway.
A week later you find out that you contracted herpes from your one night stand and that this is a disease you will have all your life and never know when an outbreak will occur. Doesn’t this homework assignment remind you of an episode of Gossip Girl, or Beverly Hills, 90210 (even Brenda and Brandon got caught underage drinking, so you can’t tell me parents in this scenario wouldn’t know. Plus, HERPES!)? Parents do not need to worry about passing on genital herpes to their children in the course of daily life. Obviously kids are having sex at younger and younger ages, but honestly, I think the scenario this language arts teacher proposed is a wee bit … extra, for a middle school student. Call me a prude or “not hip with the times” all you want, but I don’t think many eighth graders would have the same freedoms as someone, say in high school, to do all of this.
The biggest misstep in this situation seems to be that parents weren’t notified of the kinds of topics their middle school kids would have to discuss. Don’t they still require permission slips to attend the sex ed portion of health? So why wouldn’t something like this get the same treatment?