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Would you be mad about it ... or would you be grateful for the heads up?

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Momlogic found that one in five teens has witnessed sex in schools. But a school newspaper article detailing sexual activity on a Portland, Oregon high school campus has outraged many parents, reports KPTV.

The Westview Prowl newspaper article, headlined "Inappropriate sexual contact at school surprises population," quotes students bragging about not getting caught having sex. It claims that dugouts, bathrooms and spaces beneath bleachers are "far from strangers to sexual activity."

The article also quotes a student who said, "There are limited opportunities to do it at home if you're not open with your parents about your sex life."

Momlogic did a survey on this very subject, and found that one in five students has witnessed sex in schools.

Even so, many parents are mad about such a salacious article being in the Westview High School school paper. Mistee Wilson said her freshman daughter reluctantly showed her the article after bringing it home from school. She said the story went too far and aimed for shock value instead of news value.

"(It's) not quite a Playboy, but I think it's pretty up there," Wilson said.

While Wilson condemned the article, students at the school said they need to hear about the subject from their peers.

"It's high school, you've got to learn sooner or later, I guess," said Jeff White, a Westview student.

"I don't really have a problem with it being in the school paper because it's just like free speech," said Ashlyn Hiserote, another Westview student. "They can say whatever they feel like is important to talk about."

Grady Garrett, who is on the school newspaper staff, but did not write the article, said that, "as journalists, I'm pretty sure we have the right to write about whatever we want."

Wilson, however, said journalists should think about the intended reader before printing their story.

"I think the article itself was not tasteful," Wilson said. "They could've gotten their message across without being crude and lewd ... we're trying to keep our kids from running into this and they're bringing it home from school?"

Would you be mad if this article was in YOUR KID'S school paper ... or would you be grateful for the heads up?


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sun March 5, 2009, 3:44 PM

I do not know what the contents intail, although I think is a wake up for parents as to what is happening. I do not know how crude it is, but if it finally gets the message across to parents who live in a dream world about high schoolers then so be it.

Rachel March 5, 2009, 10:51 PM

The mom thinks its “up there” with playboy?? I’m pretty sure it didn’t have racy photos or erotic stories in it. From what I’ve seen of it, the article simply states a sad fact about the school. I hate it when parents get all up in arms about stupid stuff like this. Who cares? Its an article…get over it. It’s probably only “shocking” to those parents that live thinking that these things don’t take place. And in that case, they NEED to be shocked.

Chrissy March 5, 2009, 11:37 PM

I agree Rachel.
I saw the video on CNN.com and the report showed the two page article and read from it extensively. Certainly not Playboy.
Obviously if this is going on in the school then Ms Wilson is “running” into.
The parents should see this as a wake up call and the school should do a better job of patroling the school and the school grounds.
At the end of the day, the article actually provided a great service to the school, parents and community - hey this is going! and you show know. Isn’t that what newspapers are suppose to do?

Bsoejqud June 25, 2009, 2:15 AM

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