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Sex in schools - it's happening

Posted February 24, 2011

Reading, writing and arithmetic aren't the only things going on at school. Students say sex in school is more common than some might think.

Since July 2008, Wake County Public School System administrators have dealt with 78 reports of students having sex on school grounds. This school year, 17 cases have been reported.

In a rare occurrence, one male student at Sanderson High School in Raleigh was charged with a felony for engaging in a consensual sex act with a female student in a school stairwell.

Lisa Siegerman, a high school anatomy teacher and parent of three girls, says she was shocked to hear that sex is taking place on school grounds.

“You usually assume it is at home, in a car,” Siegerman said. “With school, I always associate learning.”

Kami Kosenko, an assistant communications professor at North Carolina State University, says teens have more access to sexual images today through technology, and that's resulted in a more casual attitude toward sex.

“Students are being bombarded with all these sexual images,” Kosenko said. “Frequently, media images don't depict any sort of consequences of sexual acts.”

Principals say it is particularly difficult to monitor out-of-the-way spaces at schools but that, when they see suspicious behavior, they respond to it immediately.

“I try to deal with it with fear,” said Millbrook High School Principal Dana King.

King says her staff monitors out-of-the-way spots, like stairwells and rarely used hallways, with cameras and on foot.

“My first assumption is (students are) there for a reason that is not permissible,” King said. “I tell them why I think they are there, because there's no reason they need privacy at school.”

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Experts and educators say other teens need to be part of the solution by being willing to stand up and say they don’t think sex at school is appropriate.

Millbrook High senior Taylor Carter says students need to be willing to say they won't tolerate it on their campus.

“We're really kind of figuring out who we are, what we can do, what we can't do, but there has to be boundaries,” she said. “No one wants to see that, no one wants to walk in on that, not here.”

King has called students and their parents into her office on three occasions this year to talk about the students being caught in unauthorized areas.

“Prevention is what we're about in schools,” she said. “Dealing with things after the fact, in any kind of a discipline situation, wastes time and distracts us from our mission of educating students.”

Wake County covers sexual activity under its "inappropriate student behavior" policy.

Discipline can range from suspension to expulsion. School administrators say they also consult with their school resource officers to see if a criminal investigation is warranted.


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  • Marlene Feb 25, 2011

    For those of you who think your teen girls and boys want have sex in Public school or Christians schools yall need to wake up because it probably is going on in both schools The teachers at christian school they probably teach them right from wrong but teens is going to be teens now there are some teen out there that have parent to tell them to wait until they are married and some do I have some in my family but please people some of you may be in denial

  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 25, 2011

    I bet Rodney Dangerfield never had this problem. Remember what he said? "The first time I had sex, I was scared....I was all alone. ;)

  • wakemom Feb 25, 2011

    Ah, just another indication of our MTV generation's lack of moral standards. My kids won't be having sex in school - they're home-schooled. flyguync

    So when you find out about them having sex you will have knocked out home and school all at once!

    LOL.. blind sided

  • JAT Feb 25, 2011

    btneast - and it all goes back to the parents. No self-respecting girl would find it remotely appealing to have sx on the tennis courts or in the woods or wherever it is they do it. Or do what the other teacher said - I mean, my word!!! Kids learn to respect themselves from their parents and from not having what they see on TV so glamorized. I say it again - we need to go back to 3 channels on the TV, no computers, rotary phones, and stop glamorizing looseness and immorality.

  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 25, 2011

    Hey, why not draft $arah for "Abstinence Czar"? SHE did a smashin' job on that, huh? Christine O'Donnell would be a natural for "Ragin' Hormone Suppression Squad", too. ;)

  • RM24 Feb 25, 2011

    This has always gone on. I think part of the difference is back years ago teachers did not look for it like they do now. Second kids did not talk about it in the open like they do now. Awareness has brought attention to it so teachers look in the areas they used not to check. And kids in general now are more careless/easier to be caught. Whether it be lack or discipline/morals, or whatever. But this is nothing new and I actually doubt the frequency of it happening is any higher than years ago. But we can't blame it on the media.

  • ncguy Feb 25, 2011

    all i got was second base???

  • bear2010 Feb 25, 2011

    What girl wants to have sx on a tennis court or in the woods? Really?

    hmmmm tennis court with tennis outfit hmmm interesting"hey dear can we play tennis tomorrow?"

  • nothankyou Feb 25, 2011

    I love this idea that home school and Christian schooling will keep your child safe from becoming sexually active. Some of my friends who were home schooled were just as hormonally charged as a public school student. Likewise with kids who were raised in religious homes. Heck, the pastors daughter had herself quite the reputation (even at the church lock ins!). I also know several "good catholic girls" from "good moral standing" that have had abortions. Telling your kids that sex is sinful doesn't stop them. Telling your kids the dangers (stds,pregnancy, gossip) and allowing them to not be or ashamed of their biological urges is much better than asking them to simply suppress them.

  • NC Reader Feb 25, 2011

    My children complain about barely having time to go to their lockers between classes, much less having time to socialize like high school students always do in the movies! These students must be skipping class.