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Exclusive: Teen Sex in Schools, Part Two

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Momvestigation: One in five kids has witnessed sex in school. Now, hear their side of the story.

"Kids in my school are always hooking up or having sex in the closets, bathrooms or auditorium. I can't describe the nauseating feeling of walking down the hall and having to dodge the used condom on the ground." -- Kristen, 18, Atlanta

On Friday, we shared the results of our groundbreaking survey: One in five kids has witnessed sex in school. In this segment, called "Heard It, Saw It," you'll hear firsthand accounts from teens and tweens who've seen sex in the classroom, the girls' bathroom ... even during a high-school basketball game. These kids are from all parts of the country and all walks of life, but their stories are disturbingly similar. They've witnessed foreplay, oral sex and intercourse on school grounds during school hours. In our survey of 500 teens between 12 and 17, only 14.8 percent of kids said they'd ever tell their parents if they witnessed sex in school.

For moms, this is a total wake-up call. You'll also hear a child psychologist, a family counselor and CosmoGIRL!'s editor-in-chief weigh in on why this is happening. In this tell-all age of Facebook profiles and celebrity sex tapes, are things like modesty, privacy and boundaries becoming things of the past? Warning: What you're about to watch is graphic and raw, but it's something every mom in America can't afford to miss.

Tomorrow: Hear from kids who've had sex at school, in their own words.

About the Experts...
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Susan Schulz is
editor-in-chief of CosmoGIRL! magazine.
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Dr. Pamela Varady is a licensed clinical psychologist, couples' therapist and parent educator based in Venice, California.
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Sherre Z. Hirsch, a mother of three, is a teen counselor and rabbi in Los Angeles.


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JasonGoldtrap April 9, 2008, 9:22 PM

Good heavens folks! What the heck are you doing to your children? You would not accept this going on at Wal-mart but you’ll send your children to these dangerous, drug addled, gangsta infected pseudo-prisons built by the lowest bidder and lead by bureaucrats. Good heavens! Save yourself from this untoward generation. Find someone over 70 and ask what they would do and follow this wisdom because 99% of the time they’ll be right.

Legion April 9, 2008, 11:38 PM

Vote out the bums in government and the school board who propagate this. Stop the teachers union who won’t let change happen- stop the demorats who keep the unions in power. Liberal chickens are coming home to roost. Stinks ehh? LOL ROLF LMAO

Scott April 10, 2008, 2:41 AM

This is a serious issue that may never be solved, but am I the only one that finds it hypocritical that CosmoGirl is involved in this survey?

I bring this up because on CosmoGirl’s website right now there’s a guide that teaches girls how to flirt with boys. They even have a picture of a young couple showing affection IN SCHOOL!

Then there is the original Cosmo, which teenage girls were reading prior to CosmoGirl, and I’m sure still are, which has articles that makes the Penthouse Forum sound tame. I read an article once, and it made me blush.

Sure, flirting does not always lead to sex, but it’s safe to say that a lot of flirting goes on before people decide to have sex with one another.

It’s good that the subject is being brought up, it’s just hard to take it seriously when one of the conductors of the research is a part of the problem. It’s like a beer company creating a study that talks about the horrors of alcohol abuse. They want you to think that they care, but if they don’t change how they market their product, is anything getting solved? Just be careful when you take someone’s advice.

The frustrating thing is you can pinpoint the problem on just about anything. You can blame parents, you can blame the schools, you can blame the Internet, you can blame pop culture, and you know what, you’d probably be right.

In the end, there’s not a solid answer, but I do think parent involvement is the main weapon in your arsenal to fight the problem. I was in jr. high and high school when the Internet was just getting big, and I had almost zero parent supervision while on the computer. I was exposed to things I shouldn’t have been exposed to, and it had an effect on me that I still struggle with today. I take responsibility for my actions, but today I wish my parents had a serious, mature, open, and honest talk with me.

We need to realize that it’s okay to be upfront about sex with kids, and to show them the errors of our ways. It’s easier said than done, but I know that I’m ready to have that talk with my kids.

Anonymous April 10, 2008, 9:21 AM

Thank you Bill Clinton. A great legacy. It’s alright to drop your pants anywhere. Can’t wait till Chelses is caught with her mouth open.

Anonymous April 10, 2008, 2:36 PM

children are having sex at 11 and 12 nevermind high school

Eric Stone April 10, 2008, 11:30 PM

look, im a teenager, im a senior in high school….no girl ive met in the last like 3 years thinks lindsay lohan or paris hilton is cool…crime rates, drug use, and underage sex are actually down statistically…nobody seems to mention that though…

hypocrisy kills April 11, 2008, 3:20 AM

How can we sit here and act like this has never happened before in the past?
Baby boomers, the sexual revolution - this is all something that has happened in the past… Maybe today kids are more careless about it, but why say that kids are trying to get a kick out of having sex (of some sort) in their car when 30 years ago that was the same thing that was going on?
that is hypocrisy.
Granted PVI in school doesn’t ring a bell but oral sex? It doesn’t make sense to make such a big deal over something that has been done for years and years.
All that ends up turning into is the coal calling the kettle black.

jeff April 11, 2008, 5:53 AM

The answer everyone is seeking starts at home. WITH THE PARENTS. Parents must be more involved with their kids this day and time than they have ever been. Peer pressure is at a all time high. But the morales of right and wrong begin at home.

Get Real April 12, 2008, 12:12 PM

I really blame the inter net for not the problem but it has just made it world known now.
When I was in HS back in the 80’s, all this was happening all the the time. And I grew up small town.
I remember getting a little before school, some cheap feels during school and some more after school. So what has changed.
The inter net and a bunch of retards reading it and thinking posting on here will change the world.

ken April 12, 2008, 12:28 PM

eric stone where are you getting your infomation from kids are having sex as young as 10 yrs old out in the open i have a 12 yr old nieghbor whose mother does not care what she wears who she hangs out with her 18 yr old brother is trying to keep her straight but she is having sex with guys 10 to 20 yrs older than her and she thinks it is funny she actually laughs about it it is sickning

kat, 15, texas June 4, 2008, 3:01 AM

I have a friend whose a year younger than me, and she won’t shut up about older guys. I don’t mean older as in eighteen or ninteen. No I mean twenty-three and twenty-four. She’s freaking fourteen it’s kinda sick. The fact that somes ten year olds are having sex is bad enough, but when older people and teens are having sex to it’s sick.

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