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Texas banned sex education in schools, now there’s a massive chlamydia outbreak

According to some reports, if you are a student at Crane High School in Texas, there’s about a one in fifteen chance that you have chlamydia. There’s also a good chance that you’ve never taken a sex education course. Coincidence?

According to some reports, if you are a student at Crane High School in Texas, there’s about a one in fifteen chance that you have chlamydia. There’s also a good chance that you’ve never taken a sex education course. Coincidence?

Officials from the Crane Independent School District have sent a letter to parents informing that at least 20 cases out of the 300 students at the high school had been reported.

From The Raw Story:

According to the Crane Independent School District Student Handbook for 2014-2015, the district “does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality.” In 2012, the district’s School Health Advisory Committee had recommended Scott & White’s “Worth the Wait” Abstinence Plus curriculum if a sexual education policy was adopted.

In fact, Texas state law requires any sex-ed course to devote more attention to abstinence than any other behavior. And students must be taught that abstinence until marriage is the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

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Image via Crane Independent School District

Also see: Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart speaks out against abstinence-only education 

According to Dallas County Health and Human Services records, sexually transmitted diseases have risen sharply in recent years, with syphilis diagnoses increasing by 31 percent between 2012 and 2013. [This post has been updated, 5/5/15]

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  1. mr koyote

    May 4, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Let’s just not think about sex, pregnancies, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, including herpes and AIDS, prostitution, rape,sodomy, homosexuality, and SCIENCE. They’re just too young for that in high school!

  2. Jeb

    May 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Idiotic Republican bible thumpers just don’t get it!

  3. Mike Davis

    May 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” worked really well for drugs, too, didn’t it?

  4. Tom McLachlin

    May 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    It’s close, but once again Texas, takes the lead away from FL and OK in the race to become America’s Stupidest State.

  5. FRANK C

    May 5, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Is anyone surprised that this happened in Texas? One of the most socially backward states in the country? Really?

  6. bio kido

    May 5, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Isn’t crane county a blue county though?

  7. Robert Hood

    May 5, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Not all Texas school districts are the same. This article is misleading because it picks one small district to represent the entire state. My wife is a retired school nurse who taught an abstinence plus sex ed curriculum at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Although abstinence is emphasized all the age appropriate facts are taught and student questions answered. Parents had the option to review the program and opt out if they chose.

  8. Robert Hood

    May 5, 2015 at 2:19 am

    I neglected to mention that she taught in a large district in San Antonio.

  9. Skip Moreland

    May 5, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I keep hearing conservatives saying that if only they ran things all the liberal induced social ills like this would be solved. Yet it always appears that they are the ones who have the most problems with these kinds of social problems.

  10. spthomas1

    May 5, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Tell kids not to have sex is like telling a kid that wants a cookie to keep their hand out of the cookie jar.

  11. spthomas1

    May 5, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Telling a kid not to have sex and abstain is like telling a kid that wants a cookie to keep their hand out of the cookie jar. Good grief.

  12. kate

    May 5, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Texans, don’t leave your state! We don’t want your diseased teens infecting our kids. Don’t you want to secede from the union….Ok…you can go!

  13. Dennis Towle, Jr.

    May 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Ahh yes, it’s those damn Republicans, because Democrats have such a handle on keeping their kids from having sex… are you for real? One year’s worth of data and suddenly there’s an epidemic? Holy cow… here’s one: School lunch programs eliminate broccoli from the menu, sudden drop in ranch dressing sales!

  14. Rosemary Pickering

    May 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Boy are these Texan republicans thick if you put them all together they wouldn’t have one brain cell between them.

  15. Jami

    May 5, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    With state-mandated abstinence-only sex ed, if any, Texas now has the second-highest teen birth rate in the country. But it has the highest repeat teen birth rate. All of which I guess shows that our kids are both ignorant and stupid.

    (And before I get blasted for that statement, let me state that I have 2 kids, one of whom is still in the public education system in Texas, but both of whom got a thorough education in human sexuality.)

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  17. John Prosser

    May 5, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    A Texas GOP state legislator is now famous for bringing up a bill that will make a woman carry a deceased fetus full term. Are people down there even awake when they vote…or do they blindly just check the straight Republican ticket box?

  18. Julian Tarin

    May 6, 2015 at 2:51 am

    You’re obviously not from Texas, but you’re obviously an idiot.

  19. Julian Tarin

    May 6, 2015 at 2:52 am

    You’ve obviously never been to Texas, but you’re obviously an idiot.

  20. Bah

    May 6, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Because hanging out condoms and letting them mindlessly have sex is the answer. Let’s be honest if 20 out of 300 of your students has Clamydia someone “educating” them on “sex” isn’t going to help because they already know. This is a problem of our culture and it’s absolutely horrible.
    Granted the school should have done more to prevent it, this isn’t the schools fault. You have to raise your own children.

  21. Amy

    May 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I live in Texas and my son is having a sex ed class this week….. and yes I support it.

  22. Geoyce Chatman

    May 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I need to go back to my home state and help them with this issue. I worked as a family life educator and developed a curriculum that got students to wait to have sex by giving them alternatives through experiences that helped them see a future for themselves that didn’t include having a child in their teens or contracting diseases that would affect their health. Give children a glimpse of a successful future and they will have something to look forward to and make plans for that will influence their decisions.

  23. IgnoranceIsNotBliss

    May 7, 2015 at 4:42 am

    It’s not solely up to schools to provide sex education… parents, step up and educate your children.

  24. Terri H

    May 8, 2015 at 12:43 am

    I’m from Texas and astounded that we have so many stupid people, especially our elected officials and those in charge of making decisions regarding our schools. There is such a “herd” mentality here and too many good ol’ boys who refuse to accept that change is necessary.

  25. Frank C

    May 8, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Dennis, keep up the denial and let the epidemic spread! Obviously Texans don’t seem to care, why should the rest of us?

  26. Frank C

    May 8, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Sorry Julian, but you’re the idiot for allowing this to happen in 2015! Keep your head in the sand, don’t insist on proper sex education for your children and suffer the consequences. If the parents of these kids don’t care, than the rest of us certainly won’t give a crap!

  27. Mike Davis

    May 8, 2015 at 10:31 am

    How interesting that Bible-belt states want so desperately to force more religious instruction and awareness in the classrooms, yet abstain from teaching other life skills when hormones are raging. I must go back and re-read my copy of “The Age of American Unreason” by Susan Jacoby and remind myself why we are turning into a nation of starry-eyed irrational fanatics.

  28. Emma Legault

    May 8, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    You’re right. Republican or democrat, you cannot “keep kids from having sex.” Of course, sex education can help them to do it safely. That’s what sex ed is about.
    Knowing how to engage in sexual acts safely, and understanding the risks, reduces STD/STI rates and unwanted pregnancy. It’s common sense. On the other hand, there is no evidence suggesting knowledge of safe sex practices incites sexual activity. In fact, the average ages in which teens begin to explore their sexuality hasn’t changed significantly in decades.

  29. Penny Perrault Duff

    May 9, 2015 at 1:40 am

    What studies show is that sex ed that teaches birth control and safe sex (as well as abstinence, if you must) have the same number of kids having sex as those getting purely abstinence based programs, but far fewer STDs and pregnancies.

  30. Penny Perrault Duff

    May 9, 2015 at 1:42 am

    What?! Perhaps in this, but we’re talking about Felon Rick Scott in Florida!

  31. Penny Perrault Duff

    May 9, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Julian Tarin, obviously you weren’t taught to avoid logical fallacies in Texas schools. What you’ve done is called an ad hominem fallacy–when you have no intelligent reply, you resort to attacking the individual.

  32. Penny Perrault Duff

    May 9, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Bah, study after study has shown that abstinence-based sex ed is ineffective, and that teaching about safe sex, STDs and avoiding pregnancy is incredibly effective, especially if combined with the availability of birth control. Check out Colorado.

  33. Penny Perrault Duff

    May 9, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Even when I was in fundagelicalism, I taught my sons thoroughly–they didn’t need to be daddies while still teenagers, religion or no.

  34. Rosemary Pickering

    May 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Mr Koyote what planet do you live on? High school kids are not too young to have sex ed classes!! Here in the Uk we are taught basic sex ed at 11. Then when we are 14 we are taught about safe sex ie contraception, condoms etc. Sex ed classes are a vital, not teaching about safe sex will lead to STD’s, Pregnancy and Aids. Your children being taught abstinence is WRONG because it doesn’t work. Just because you teach sex ed doesn’t mean kids will go out and have sex, give the kids some cred.

  35. Betty Miliano

    May 11, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I think mr koyote was being sarcastic..at least, I sincerely hope so…

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