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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Kids, Sex, and Drugs

I remember what my daughter said when she was 14. "I just wish someone would talk to me about this stuff besides my friends."

BOULDER - The ongoing battle over a sex-and-drugs talk at Boulder High School raged on Tuesday night, with students and parents lining up on both sides of the debate before school board members.

For 47 minutes they took turns at the microphone, alternately praising and punching the April 10 discussion at Boulder High, during which members of the panel talked graphically about sex and drugs. During that talk, members of the panel made statements that, among other things, masturbation is appropriate behavior for 12-year-olds and that students should enjoy themselves as they experimented with sex and drugs.

And although the discussion was civil, with applause after each speaker, it was also passionate at times.

"On April 10, a wonderful thing happened at Boulder High," Wallace Westfeldt, a parent, said. "Talking about sex is important, particularly with adolescents fueled with hormones who face this on a daily basis.
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The Drug Debate