Sex Ed Teacher Takes Students To Sex Shop For Field Trip
Parents are upset with a Minnesota teacher who took their middle school and high school aged children to an “adult novelty” store.
Gaia Democratic School director Starri Hedges took about a dozen students to Smitten Kitten last week. Hedges told the Star Tribune that she wanted to provide a safe environment for kids to learn about human sexual behavior.
Besides books, videos and toys, the store also has educational workshops, which the students attended.
“What I saw happening on our trip, I thought it was beautiful because kids could talk to these sex educators without any shame, without any fear,” Hedges said. Some of her students bought condoms, she said.
The Gaia Democratic School is a small institution which promises academic freedom, youth empowerment and democratic education.
Hedges admits that she “unfortunately didn’t communicate well enough with parents ahead of time” about the trip. Pornographic items were off limits to the children, Hedges said, but sex toys and other products were still visible. More