A teenage girl submitted some very frank, but honest, answers to a school sex education quiz. And as a reward for her wise-beyond-her-years approach — the school suspended her. But why? What could she have said on the test to raise the ire of school administrators?
The story comes from a post on the popular internet image hosting site imgur.com, from a user calling herself “dogsandcatsandlemursohmy,” and went up on the site about a week ago. But it was just noticed on Monday by various online publications, including the web version of the popular women’s magazine, Cosmopolitan, and suddenly went viral.
The incident, according to the Imgur post, happened two years ago.
“Two years ago today, my then 14 year old sister got suspended for submitting these answers for her sex-ed class. I’m so proud of her.”
The quiz itself was designed to test students’ knowledge of why condom use is important. But the questions took an interesting format. They were phrased in the form of objections to condom use, and asked students to respond to such excuses for not using condoms as, “I’m clean; I don’t run around, and I don’t have any infections,” or “I’d be embarrassed to use one.”
Here (with some profanities obscured) is the actual test submitted by the then-14-year-old and posted by her sister.
In case that photo is not visible or immediately legible, here are some of the highlights, with the excuses for not using condoms first, followed by the sharp teen girl’s answer.
Excuse: “Don’t worry; I’m on the pill.”
Answer: “I don’t want AIDS.”
Excuse: “Condoms are gross; they’re messy; I hate them.”
Answer: “So are babies.”
Excuse: “Just this once; we hardly ever have sex.”
Answer: “Now you know why.”
Excuse: “I don’t have a condom with me.”
Answer: “I don’t have my vagina with me.”
Excuse: “They cost too much.”
Answer: “STD treatments and babies cost more.”
Excuse:“I’d be embarrassed to use one.”
Answer: “Look at all the f**** I give.”
And so on.
The imgur post did not specify exactly where this sex ed test was given, at what school — or why the teen girl was suspended for her answers, which displayed a surprisingly advanced approach to sexual self-protection for a teenager.
As a matter of speculation, the student was likely suspended for her use of profanity in her answers — though admittedly, she made her points quite forcefully.
As for the specific school — that’s difficult to say. But it is reasonably certain that it wasn’t Crane High School in West Texas, which does not offer any sex education classes other than an optional “abstinence”education class, only to find this week that about seven percent of its students were infected with the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia.
[Images: Shutterstock, imgur.com]