Dating violence in high school
"We were so excited to put them out," said Kayla Mays, a junior and co-editor of the issue with classmate Anu Nattam. It was completely unlike anything we'd done before.""Parents need to be aware that Plainfield High School has published and distributed to students a magazine telling our children that casual sex and even group (sex) is OK," Bret Allen wrote on Facebook.
Allen, the daughter of the Plainfield Schools board president Michael Allen, pointed at one article penned by a ninth-grade boy who described a sleep-over with his girlfriend.
But one page is stirring a controversy that could cost the 2017 teacher of the year her job.
A Plainfield High School media adviser says she may face possible disciplinary action after her students published a magazine on dating and relationships.
Ten percent of high school boys also report having been physically or sexually assaulted by a dating partner, about the same rate reported in earlier surveys, according to a study led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today in JAMA Pediatrics.
Authors of the new report note that the CDC has changed the way it phrases its questions about teen dating violence, leading more students to report assaults.
Boys who have faced dating violence are nearly four times as likely to have been bullied online; girls are more than twice as likely.
Ryan Gunterman, executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association, said nothing in the 24-page magazine promotes or glamorizes sex.Both had their parents' permission and their physical contact was limited to a hug, the boy wrote.Allen also pointed to the highlighted definition of the word polyamory, which is a relationship involving more than two people."This and more about what is acceptable when it comes to sex is what our children as young as 14 are being taught at Plainfield High School," Allen wrote.Preventing Dating Violence Dating violence can happen to any teen regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status, or whether or not they have experience with dating.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adolescents experiences verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Dating violence includes any behavior that is used to manipulate, gain control, gain power; cause fear, or make a dating partner feel bad about himself or herself.
SMCPS has established a Dating Violence Prevention program as part of a sustained effort to further educate students about personal safety, avoiding high risk youth behaviors, and making good choices.