Chesterfield father furious over sex-ed pamphlet

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield father was outraged after his 11-year-old came home with a pamphlet talking about everything from puberty to sex. Is it too much too soon?

Louis Bernardo was outraged over the "boys guide to growing" up sent home with his 5th grader at Jacobs Road Elementary.

The pamphlet talked about erections, tackling questions like, "Why does it get hard?" "That is just ridiculously obscene and disgusting," Bernardo said.

There was also a page on ejaculation and wet dreams. It also covered the way reproductive systems works.

The 11-year-old, whose identity is concealed, said he will never forget that day in class. "I felt awkward, and I don't know how other people felt. I think they felt awkward, too," the boy said. "I was a little bit creeped out."

Bernardo said learning about sex is too much too soon. "He is 11-years-old. I didn't learn this stuff until I was 16, and it wasn't even from the school." He also brought up another concern. "I want to know why the school board approved this reading material for 11-year-old kids. What do they have to say about it?"

School leaders said to contact the Virginia Department of Education for information regarding the Standards of Learning guidelines for family life education. State leaders said, "The selection of pamphlets, textbooks, workbooks and other materials is the responsibility of the local school board. Parents have the right to review all materials."

Chesterfield schools released a response, saying, "Each parent is provided a letter with the opportunity to opt-out. The principal has indicated the school has not received any concerns from parents since the lessons were delivered over a week ago."

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