Public School Sex-Ed’s Descent Into Madness

On June 14, the school board of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the tenth largest school division in the United States, will convene and likely approve a number of changes to its sex-ed program, including replacing the term “biological sex” with “sex assigned at birth,” teaching that children aren’t born male or female, minimizing the role of abstinence, and excising clergy from a list of “trusted adults.” Although I am a product of FCPS, as was my mother and a long list of aunts, uncles, and cousins on both sides of my family, my children will not be attending their local elementary school. The radical sexual pedagogy promoted by FCPS, coupled with its well-publicized laxity in confronting illegal sexual behavior by its staff, has convinced me that my eldest daughter, who will enter kindergarten this fall, would be safer in a private school.

The latest recommendation by the county’s Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee builds upon other sex-ed trends in FCPS, where “oral sex” is introduced to kids as young as 12. Thirteen-year-olds, meanwhile, are told about “anal sex” 18 separate times in one year’s worth of lessons. I understand why: the proliferation of pornography accessible to our youth has made sexting and increasingly aggressive sexual activity ubiquitous problems for FCPS and school districts across the country. Studies have shown that a majority of pornography depicts violence against women. As the adage goes, “monkey see, monkey do.”

Still, the committee’s recommendation to remove clergy from the list of “trusted adults” is ridiculous, given that FCPS has been dogged by illegal sexual activity by its employees for years. In March, a Sandburg Middle School teacher was charged with possession of child pornography. Last year, a former girls’ basketball coach at Lake Braddock Secondary School was accused of sexually harassing players—the school administration kept him on staff for months after the allegation was raised. A 2016 investigation by the local News4 I-Team discovered that the response of FCPS to multiple teachers accused of sexual misconduct—with students, no less—had allowed those educators to keep their teaching licenses for years after the offenses. A Bailey’s Elementary School teacher was arrested in 2015 and charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy between 2004 and 2010.

FCPS has repeatedly demonstrated its lack of responsibility with our children, maintaining a policy towards sex offenders more relaxed than my local Catholic diocesan schools, while introducing children to sexual practices fraught with health dangers. Why should I trust a school system that perpetuates the demonstrably false narrative that public school educators are more trustworthy than priests, pastors, or rabbis? It’s bad enough that one day my children may attend colleges that permit, if not encourage, the kinds of risky sexual behavior depicted in Jon Krakauer’s 2015 best-selling book Missoula. Without a proper education, they’ll lack the maturity to navigate these treacherous waters as 12- and 13-year-olds, let alone as college freshman. As Cicero warned, “the enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.”

I suppose I’m not terribly surprised by the increased abasement of the school district that educated me. When I was in tenth grade, a ninth grader at my school attended a party where she got drunk and was persuaded into a compromising position by upperclassmen. Those boys (who to my knowledge were never punished) took pictures and sent them to a popular local radio host, “Elliot in the Morning,” who spoke about them on-air. The girl was, of course, humiliated and ended up transferring schools. I think she even changed her name. (As an aside, how has that DC101 disc jockey avoided legal scrutiny? He spoke publicly about viewing what amounts to child pornography!) We’ve certainly come a long way since 1999. With handheld, Internet-accessible phones now ubiquitous among our children, how could things not descend into even more alarming harassment, abuse, and misogyny?

FCPS still boasts an impressive educational pedigree. As their website notes, the class of 2018 has 223 National Merit Semifinalists, and Fairfax County high schools are recognized annually by the Washington Post as some of the most challenging in the United States. Yet as C.S. Lewis warned, “education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” Teaching kids just entering puberty about how to “properly” use contraception and engage in safe anal sex can only be classified as a first-rate education in delinquency. Most American public schools have lost sight of Aristotle’s important maxim: “The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue…not spent in [sexual] amusement.”

Excluding my children from a public education is a hard decision for me, as I would think it is for many families—these are the institutions that have inculcated American ideas and ideals for generations of our citizens. I spent every year of grade school except kindergarten in the same public school district, which had an indelible impact on my socialization into our culture as well as on how I think and view the world. Public school districts also continue to employ huge numbers of our citizens: FCPS is the third largest employer in the state of Virginia. My mother spent more than 30 years in the system as an occupational therapist, from which she herself graduated in 1972. I was so inspired by my public education experience that I worked as a substitute and then a full-time high school history teacher, as well as a high school tennis coach.

Though I am a product of public schools and still take pride in my education, I won’t send my kids there—not as long as I can afford to send them elsewhere. Given the Catholic Church’s robust security policies in the wake of the early 2000s sex scandal, my kids are safer in my parish’s elementary school. My decision will stand until our public school systems—enduring what has become a nationwide sexual crisis—adopt policies that resist, rather than capitulate to, the worrying trends wreaking havoc on our families and our children.

Casey Chalk is a student at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology at Christendom College.

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IDENTILOCK Chosen as Grand Prize in Project ChildSafe’s 4th Annual Campaign

With the support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Project ChildSafe® spreads the word on safe storage and responsible firearms ownership through Friends and Family four-week campaign, complete with prizes!

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Detroit, Mich. ( – IDENTILOCK®, the world’s first biometric fingerprint trigger lock for firearms, is proud to announce their support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s program, Project ChildSafe®, through the annual Friends and Family campaign. An IDENTILOCK has been chosen as the grand prize for the final week, June 4 – 8, 2018, of entries.

Project ChildSafe was developed by the NSSF to promote firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm Safety Kits. The kits included a cable-style gun locking device and a brochure (also available in Spanish) that discusses safe handling and secure storage guidelines to help deter access by unauthorized individuals. Since 1999, more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies have partnered with the program to distribute more than 37 million firearms safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five US territories. Project ChildSafe has helped raise awareness about the safe and responsible ownership of firearms and the importance of storing firearms securely when not in use to help prevent accidents, theft and misuses.

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Marines make changes after data of 164,000 people lost on Okinawa

The Marine Corps has changed the way it handles personal information after a servicemember lost a disk containing the data of 164,000 people who registered a vehicle for Okinawa base access between January 2007 and September 2017.

On Sept. 22, an airman with Okinawa’s Joint Service Vehicle Registration Office at Camp Foster handed the disk to an Air Force security officer from Kadena Air Base. That security officer was tasked with bringing the disk — which was not password protected or encrypted — to Kadena security forces’ headquarters, where the data were to be uploaded into the Air Force system.

The disk was never seen again.

It contained names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license information, ID numbers, physical descriptions of personnel, vehicle identification numbers and plate numbers, service branch and duty information for servicemembers, dependents, civilian federal employees, contractors and local national master labor contractors.

While the Marine Corps said there are no signs the disk was sold, stolen or found by someone with nefarious intentions, the affected individuals — including some who have long since retired from government service — have been asked to safeguard their identity and credit.

Numerous changes to the way personal data is stored and distributed by the U.S. military on Okinawa have been made; however, a report on the incident provided to Stars and Stripes by the Marine Corps suggests it was preventable, and that unsafe practices have knowingly been used for years.

The data were haphazardly handled on removable media devices by members of the military, and there were no standard operating procedures for passing the data between services. Servicemembers didn’t know how to password-protect disks containing sensitive data.

While the Marine Corps system that contained the data was encrypted, there was no centralized system accessible by all service branches, making the rudimentary passing of disks between servicemembers necessary.

The Marine Corps acknowledged as far back as 2010 that the system needed to be modernized and all service branches given access to its database, but none of the branches or commands servicing Okinawa did anything beyond a few preliminary meetings.

Protecting personally identifiable information “is a continuous effort that requires all to maintain a heightened sense of vigilance,” Marine Corps Installations Pacific spokesman 1st Lt. Edward Pingel wrote in a statement to Stars and Stripes. “The causes for recent losses … vary, but we will continue to instill awareness and training to servicemembers to mitigate such losses from reoccurring.” Pingel wrote that “the standard operating procedures that led to this loss were introduced by individuals no longer associated with the United States Marine Corps.”

However, the report about the lost disk says no procedures existed.

“There are no Standard Operating Procedures written that direct the members of JSVRO how to pass law enforcement data between the separate services across Okinawa,” the preliminary investigation report said.

Monthly updates

The disk — which contained information from the Marine Corps Installations Pacific’s Joint Vehicle Registration and Licensing Database — was created Sept. 21 by a registration office employee, according to the report.

Other service branches did not have access to the Marine system, so the disks were used monthly to update Air Force, Army and Navy law enforcement at bases around the island. Disks were passed to servicemembers from the other bases who would harvest the data and return the disks.

The Sept. 21 disk was handed off the next day, and was reported lost five days later.

“Immediately after the loss of the CD was discovered, the U.S. military began a comprehensive search and conducted an inquiry into our own processes for collecting, storing and transporting personal information,” a Marine Corps statement said. “There is no evidence that the CD was stolen or that the information on the CD has been misused in any way.”

Options not chosen

An investigation led by Marine Maj. Jason Crumbacher found that the breach should have never happened.

In 2010, Marine officials approached the registration office and base safety representatives about modernizing the database and held meetings with all service branches about getting access to the system.

From inception of the JVRL database, “the lowest levels of supervision recognized the need for and pursued a secure way to share sensitive data,” Marine officials said in the report. “All available options were explored and were ultimately not employed for financial or logistical reasons, leaving transfer via CD the only option.”

Marine officials also found that staff at the registration office had never heard of the government’s safe access file exchange system, called the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Readiness Development and Engineering Command Safe Access File Exchange. This system is widely recognized among journalists, civilian researchers and Defense Department employees as a method of sharing documents.

The disk was never found, the report states. Marine officials declined to provide an explanation from the airman who lost the disk, nor would they say whether anyone involved was punished for the incident. The investigation was closed Jan. 23, Marine officials said.

“As with any loss of data, it is critical for individuals whose data was lost to monitor their credit scores and take other steps to ensure their identity and protect their information from misuse,” Pingel wrote in the Marine statement. “We urge all to remain vigilant of scammers asking for personally identifiable information. We are also taking steps to ensure this sort of incident does not happen in the future.”

No more disks

The Marine Corps has implemented several changes to the way personal information is handled at the registration office on Okinawa. No more disks are being passed. Marine Corps Installations Pacific is working with the Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group to grant access for other services to the JVRL system, Marine spokesman Gunnery Sgt. Derek Carlson said in a statement to Stars and Stripes. Personal-information refresher training is being held.

The registration office is reviewing the database to purge any records that are no longer required for “operational use or required to be maintained due to records retention policies or statutes.”

On Dec. 15, letters were sent to those affected by the breach, offering identity protection and credit-monitoring services.

Out of more than 164,000 people, only 361 signed up, said Barbara Hamby, a Marine Corps Systems Command spokesman.


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