Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth has reportedly threatened to prosecute schools if they comply with new state sex-education educational directives. He has declared that such courses encourage minors to have sex.
Republican Southworth insists that the law would expose minors to the use of condoms and other contraceptives “promotes the sexualization — and sexual assault — of our children.” Southworth sent a letter to five school districts threatening such prosecutions:
“If a teacher instructs any student aged 16 or younger how to utilize contraceptives under circumstances where the teacher knows the child is engaging in sexual activity with another child — or even where the ‘natural and probable consequences’ of the teacher’s instruction is to cause that child to engage in sexual intercourse with a child — that teacher can be charged under this statute” of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. …
“Forcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender,” he wrote. “It is akin to teaching children about alcohol use, then instructing them on how to make mixed alcoholic drinks.”
The law allows parents to remove their children from such classes, which are left to the discretion of the school districts.
Southworth’s threat of prosecution is a shocking abuse of office and worthy of review by the Wisconsin bar.
We have seen similar abuses recently in Arizona, here.
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