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Teacher who assigned 'sexual fantasy' story on leave pending investigation


The submitted image of the controversial human sexuality assignment. (SBG)
The submitted image of the controversial human sexuality assignment. (SBG)
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The teacher who assigned students to write about a sexual fantasy for a health class at Churchill High School is on administrative leave pending an investigation, a Eugene School District spokesperson confirmed Friday.

The district said an "outside third party" is investigating, but did not provide details.

"I believe that investigation will look into any and all concerns/allegations that have been raised, and not just the one assignment that's been circulated on social media," school board member Gordon Lafer said in an email.

The assignment was given to in a class called "Health 2 - Human Sexuality." It asked students who were absent to write a one-to-two paragraph short story about a sexual fantasy, including use of items commonly identified with foreplay such as candles, feathers, feather boas, massage oil and the like.

However, the crux of the exercise was that students could not describe penetration – including oral sex – and had to demonstrate a sense of physical intimacy that could be achievable without sex.

The district confirmed the assignment was given to students, but pulled it from the syllabus after a screenshot spread on social media and parents raised concerns.

Some of those same parents spoke at a school board meeting Wednesday night, expressing anger and frustration at the assignment and the district's response.

"This assignment should never have been given," Lafer said. "To require students to write down and share sexual fantasies as a requirement of a course is inappropriate and, I believe, an abuse of authority and invasion of students' privacy"

One of the parents who spoke at the meeting stressed that no one yet had apologized to the Churchill students who received this assignment.

In a prepared statement at Wednesday's board meeting, Superintendent Andy Dey said the assignment was "pulled directly from the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 10-12, page 90.

However, Melanie Davis, program manager for Our Whole Lives – which was co-created and is co-published by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries – called the assignment an "unauthorized, out-of-context adaptation of a facilitated group activity."

KVAL is working to get a copy of the textbook.

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