According to Fox News on Wednesday, an adult store field trip organized by a Minnesota sex education teacher has outraged parents. The teacher took middle school and high school students on an adult store field trip without the parents’ permission.
The Star Tribune reported that last week Gaia Democratic School director Starri Hedges took about a dozen students to Smitten Kitten, an adult novelty store. The sex education teacher rationalized that her motive was to provide a safe environment for kids to learn about human sexual behavior. The students attended educational workshops in addition to being exposed to books, videos, and sex toys. Some students bought condoms. However, the children were not exposed to pornography.
One parent of two daughters said it was a major breach of trust for the teacher to take his daughters on the field trip without his knowledge. He has withdrawn his children, ages 11 and 13, from the school.
Hedges admits her lack of communication to parents about the field trip to the adult store. Smitten Kitten owner Jennifer Pritchett said the store is available to students to visit because it is a resource for sex education. However, Pritchett said the store leaves it up parents and guardians about who visits.
The small private school is housed in a Unitarian church with 25 students. Therefore, Minnesota Department of Education has no authority over the school and the decision it makes. Spokesperson Josh Collins for the Department of Education said, “I don’t think anybody would think that going to the Smitten Kitten is a great idea.”
It doesn’t appear that the teacher broke any laws. She just didn’t get permission to take the group on the field trip. She said she probably would not take another class to Smitten Kitten.
“It was certainly the first time we have taken that kind of field trip and it will probably be our last, which I feel bad (about) because the kids had so much fun.”
As a parent, would you approve of your children going on a field trip to an adult store? Do you think the teacher was wrong to have done so without the parents’ permission?