Parents Furious After Oregon HS Teacher Asks Students To Write “Sexual Fantasy” Short Story

 March 16, 2023

After backlash from parents, an Oregon high school has pulled a suggestive class assignment asking students to write a short story about a "sexual fantasy". Reportedly, the assignment asked students to incorporate objects like candles, massage oils, flavored syrup, and feathers into the story.

Teacher, Kirk Miller, utilized an online learning management system, to request Health class students who missed coursework at Churchill High School in Eugene, to complete a 10-point assignment titled "Fantasy Story". Incredibly brazen the requirement read-

"For those students who were absent, you will write a short story of a paragraph or two. This story is a sexual fantasy that will have NO penetration of any kind or oral sex (no way of passing an STI)." Adding "Your story should show that you can show and receive loving physical affection without having sex”

-Kirk Miller, Health Class Teacher, Churchill High School

Posted to a Facebook group, the assignment, received hundreds of comments from parents within an hour. Examples of parents’ responses were-

  • "If an adult male asked my daughter to share her sexual fantasies with him, I would be livid and be going to the police. No teacher has any business asking this of a child,"

    -Concerned Parent
  • Katherine Rogers, one of the parents concerned about the assignment, said students in the class felt "mortified, awkward and creeped out."…"The district reviews these curriculums before they get approved, right? Did they actually read this? If this was reviewed, how did it slip through the cracks? I could see this easily becoming a national scandal,"

    -Katherine Rogers, on Oregon Live

School principal, Missy Cole, sent out a letter to parents, following the backlash, noting that the administration is working with the district office to-

"review the 2016 adopted secondary health curriculum-OWL: Our Whole Lives to determine the full context of the assignment."…"At this time, the assignment has been removed from the class syllabus and will not be a part of students’ grades. The OWL curriculum is utilized by many districts across the state and is endorsed by the Oregon Department of Education," adding…"Additionally, the district has begun the process of reviewing and selecting a new health curriculum to replace the OWL content that will be completed by the end of the school year,"

-Missy Cole, Churchill High School

The Eugene 4J School District, on Monday, confirmed that the assignment had been given to students, but had since been pulled from the syllabus and would not be used for grading purposes. In response to the assignment, one school board member commented that homework on sexual fantasies "should not be part of our curriculum."

Wrong on so many levels, this curriculum and assignment, invades the moral fiber of the family, seeds intimate thoughts/ ideas that students should not be focused on at this age of critical thinking, in that it forces them to formulate communication, written or otherwise that is invasive of their thought privacy. Students cannot be given an aspirin without parental consent, yet they can be asked or assigned something that socially or morally violates their conscience with the click of a mouse. Again this is so wrong.

Further this course of study seeks to desensitize them, at their most intimate level, pitting them against the morals and thoughts of other students openly able to criticize them. Imagine the devastation of a student sharing this assignment, under the scrutiny of other students, who might snicker or laugh at their most intimate thoughts. It is a recipe for certain emotional suicide at this age – leaving dysfunction and emotional scars for a lifetime.

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