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Students speak out about sex ed curriculum at CCSD meeting

LAS VEGAS -- Birth control, abstinence, homosexuality and the list goes on and on, but so does the debate over how Clark County educators should update the sex education curriculum.

For weeks the Clark County School District has held open forums in order to allow parents, students and other community residents to express their opinion over the sex ed curriculum.

For the first time at Wednesday's board meeting at the Flamingo Greer Education Center, trustees publicly chatted about the feedback they've received so far.

Students at the meeting held signs and stated that the current curriculum the way it is now, is extremely vague and too conservative. Students said they want the real-life issues they face to be apart of the sex ed curriculum.

“I think we need to talk about identity formation; we need to talk healthy relationships and how to prevent rape and sexual assault, along with contraception,” said Caitlyn Caruso, a junior at Nevada Learning Academy.

Caruso said heartaches from the past have opened her eyes to life's realities.

“I'm invested in this because I don't want anyone to have to go through what I did. I entered sex ed as a rape survivor and I was overwhelmed with this message that if you have sex before marriage, you're disgusting. I didn't have a choice,” Caruso said.

Caruso formed a youth group under the Nevada Teen Health & Safety Coalition to mobilize and empower students to speak out. Boulder City High School junior, Jordan Marzka said he's planning to join the group.

“I think sexual education in general doesn't cover enough besides heterosexual relationships; it has yet to branch out and include homosexual relationships,” Marzka said.

Even though students are attending these board meetings to have their say, some students still worry that if their voices aren't heard, it will end up hurting students in the long run.

“The students are going to go and try and find out themselves through other means and they definitely will not get all the correct information that way,” said Carlee Blumenthal, a Boulder City High Sschool Senior.

The next open forum will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at Green High School in Henderson.