• Thu, Apr 18 2013

West Virginia Teen Protests Slut-shaming, Falsehood Laden Abstinence Assembly Despite Threats From Principal

Katelyn-Campbell

Remember that awful abstinence lady religious organizations paid to go to a school in West Virginia and yell lies at kids like “all sexual contact leads to STDs” and “if you take birth control, your mother probably hates you”? Well, one brave student at that school has been speaking out against her slut-shaming ways, despite alleged threats from her principal.

Student body president Katelyn Campbell has filed an injunction against her school’s principal after he threatened to punish her for speaking out about how speaker Pam Stenzel, and abstinence-only education in general, is damaging to teens and ineffective at preventing teen pregnancy. Specifically, she spoke to several news outlets about what she felt was an abusive act on the school’s part. The injunction is to keep the principal for punishing her for exercising her right to freedom of speech.

According to The West Virginia Gazette, Campbell gave a news conference on Monday where she repudiated the blatantly mis-informative, “slut-shaming” assembly, and called for Principal George Aulenbacher to apologize and resign, as he “knowingly psychologically abused students” by having the assembly. “West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” she said. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed. Our nurse wasn’t allowed to talk about where you can get birth control for free in the city of Charleston.”

According to Campbell’s complaint, the principal called her into his office once he found out she’d spoken to news outlets about the assembly and threatened to call Wellesley, the college where she’d been accepted, to try to get her kicked out, saying, ”How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?” ”I said, ‘Go ahead,’” said Campbell. “He continued to berate me in his office. I’m not an emotional person, but I cried. He threatened me and my future in order to put forth his own personal agenda and made teachers and students feel they cant speak up because of fear of retaliation.”

How awesome is this girl? In a world where teenagers have pretty much zero power over their education and their very bodily autonomy, she is speaking truth to power and fucking winning. Make no mistake about it: a religiously motivated, lie-spewing, slut-shaming speaker like Stenzel has no place in a public school’s curriculum, whether the school used state money to pay for her or not. I don’t know if the principal should have to resign over it, but if he threatened a student for speaking out, that does seem like grounds for resignation. Maybe this public slut-shaming-shaming wil be a step in the right direction for a state whose superstitiously motivated anti-education has led it to have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.

For her part, Katelyn shouldn’t be too worried about her future. Wellesley, a women’s college with a reputation for feminism and progressivism, has reassured her via Twitter that it will welcome her with open arms this coming fall:

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(Via ThinkProgress)

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  • NeuroNerd

    I love Wellesley’s response. That is all.

  • Tania

    High five to this girl. Abstinence-only education is a load of crock. We had extensive sex ed from grade six (condoms on a banana) to grade 12, and guess how many people in my high school got pregnant as teenagers?

    None. Absolutely zero of them. I think that’s pretty good proof that sex ed doesn’t lead to increased teen birth rates.

    • http://www.facebook.com/susan.robbins.923 Susan Robbins

      That you know of. I do not remember anyone in my high school pregnant either and birth control pills were not readily available.

    • Alise

      On the flip side, my graduating class was the first class to fall prey to the abstinence-only curriculum. Out of a total 100 students, 20 girls had babies before or within nine months of graduation. The straight math shows that’s one fifth of the entire graduating class. Now adjust it a little bit for roughly 50-50 sex ratio between males and females, and you realize that almost half the girls in my grade were teen mothers. Also, you have to realize, these were the girls who got pregnant and carried their babies to term. It doesn’t count the ones who had miscarriages or abortions, and I do know of at least one girl who had an abortion.

  • ChristopherBlackwell

    I like brave ladies and this young lady was brave. I hope she inspires many other girls and women to stand their ground against all the BS that is done to women in this country.

    • laslavic

      yes sir cuz in this dastardly USA where only 60% of college kids are girls and basically every thing is girl centric….if you had a son you might pick up on this and if you have both you get slammed in head with this reality. yep I am kind of sick of ill educated sanctimonious dolts blathering on about how awful the US is towards women. Heck we provide cradle to grave according to O’bama.

    • ChristopherBlackwell

      Okay so now we know that you don’t like women. What same for you. By the way smart women are even more fun to be with.

  • Mike Genson

    AWESOME!!!

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  • Apollo

    I’d like to hook up with this skank before I find a nice girl to marry.

  • Ron J

    She’s a two bagger. Of course teenage boys aren’t picky. If she’s a slut good for her. ‘Cause she ain’t gonna get anywhere on her looks. She’s got a twat and figured out what it’s for. Hope she swallows too:):)

    • Lo

      I can’t believe it. I’ve actually found a commenter to whom I’d recommend abstinence (from sex, general society, and a five hundred-yard radius of any young person).

    • Joel Wexler

      Because she’s not model-beautiful you insult her. She’s no doubt cuter than any girl a loser like you could find.

      Would love to see where you end up in life, your minimum wage job barely supporting your cigarette and Budweiser bills.

    • Guest

      Wow, I didn’t think she was unattractive. Just because she here breasts aren’t popping out of her top and he thong isn’t visible over her too short jeans doesn’t make her ugly.

    • ChristopherBlackwell

      Talk about jumping to conclusion, putting up a straw lady to attack. I never have understood guys that seem to hate women. As for looks she will do just fine, probably get a smart husband to that will realize her as worth keeping. Only a weak man is afraid of a smart or a strong women.

  • Daniel

    Feminist nonsense. If “slut shaming” is wrong because it is inequitably applied (i.e., not applied to males), then the focus should be applying the standard to males, not lifting it from females. Unless there is no drawback to sexual promiscuity. But there is. So, as usual, femitards have chosen the wrong course of action.

    That said, “abstinence ONLY” is equally nonsensical. The conservatards believe if you don’t acknowledge something, it will go away. The libtards believe the cure for the common cold is to kill the patient.

    • Joel Wexler

      What kind of tard are you?

    • ChristopherBlackwell

      The states that teach abstinence only also are the states with the highest teen pregnancy rates. Add the factor of earlier puberty, it might not wait until teenage any more. After all we sell almost anything using sex as the come on. Teen sex is not exactly new.

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.robbins.923 Susan Robbins

    One question . If one actually abstains for sex…. what is the probability one would conceive?

  • crazyraysims

    Kick this mans a$$

  • sWUAH

    YOUUUUSSS A HOEEE

  • christian michaels

    All sexual activity must be under the jurisdiction of government as in applying for a license. Babies should be raised by the state so that they are well trained to obey authority and rise above natural instinct and inquisitiveness to become a link in a solid chain of social progression toward a society that has no glitches in its smooth transition from birth to death. Now that we have the technology to design drugs and behavior controllers we must get rid of the human factor that causes us to make mistakes in our thinking and actions. Only those who have the data available, the scientists and politicians, should be able to make decisions as to how our lives should be lived. There needs to be a law that makes it illegal to question authority. After all, authority has been given to others for a reason and they must be given the freedom to exercise that authority without restrictions. When will people learn to obey? It is so necessary if we are to be happy and free.

    Me, I’m looking for another planet to live on as one of my teachers pointed out some years ago that there is no such thing as gravity,,, this world sucks. Once a mass like ignorance becomes too dense it begins to collapse on itself and becomes a black hole from which not even light escapes. Would have been nice to have moved on before that happened. bummer.

  • Mojo

    Dumb ho

  • Guest

    This girl will definitely fit at Wellesley. They love sluts, and they hate Christians. Best of all, she’s already a radical feminist! Hack, she should skip college and apply directly for a position with the Obama regime. Anyone know if she’s a Marxist, too?

  • guest

    I’m a devoted catholic and believe int he churches stance against birth control, of course, I also believe in the church’s stance on premarital sex. The simple fact though, is that this kind of abstinence only sex ed doesn’t work. Why? Because teaching kids what is essentially a moral teaching based on religion is useless in a secular environment, such as a school. You want your kids to not have sex before marriage? The answer is to take responsibility yourself and teach your own kids the morals you believe, don’t rely on someone else to raise your kids for you just because you aren’t comfortable having the conversation with your teen. Only a parent can make an impact with abstinence only doctrine.

    Now, as for the principal, come on! What a schmuck, thinks for reinforcing the stereotype that you can’t have conservative morals AND be a decent rational human being. I may not agree 100% with this young lady, but I applaud her for standing up for herself.