An 'abstinence-only' Texas high school has chlamydia outbreak

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An 'Abstinence-Only' Texas High School Has Chlamydia Outbreak


A Texas high school had to send a letter to parents informing them of a chlamydia outbreak.

Crane Independent School District sent a letter to parents that went something like this: "[We] would like to make our parents aware ...of a problem that has been identified in our teenagers ... chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that is on the rise. Several cases have been reported."

Now according to Texas law, schools have to spend more time teaching kids about abstinence than about any other sexual behavior.

This school doesn't have a sex education at all.

Even though study after study shows that abstinence-only education leads to higher rates of teenage pregnancy. If kids are getting chlamydia -- which is spread through unprotected sex -- they're certainly at risk of getting pregnant. Teens are obviously engaging in sexual activity. Preaching abstinence doesn't do much to stop them, but sex education can teach them to do it safely.

You won't learn that in trigonometry class.

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