Teach Her Good
So, you run a high school and you think teen pregnancy and the spread of STIs is a serious problem. Well, if you’re Principal George Aulenbacher of George Washington High School in Charleston, West Virginia, you embrace a disgraced abstinence-only campaign and bring a nut-ball speaker in to make the kids feel shame for ever thinking about the pleasures of the flesh.
Then when one of your students pushes back against the slut shaming, what do you do? Threaten to destroy her future, that’s what!
Campbell refused to attend the assembly, which was funded by a conservative religious organization called “Believe in West Virginia” and advertised with fliers that proclaimed “God’s plan for sexual purity.” Instead, she filed a complaint with the ACLU and began to speak out about her objections to this type of school-sponsored event. Campbell called Stenzel’s presentation “slut shaming” and said that it made many students uncomfortable.
GW Principal George Aulenbacher, on the other hand, didn’t see anything wrong with hosting Stenzel. “The only way to guarantee safety is abstinence. Sometimes, that can be a touchy topic, but I was not offended by her,” he told the West Virginia Gazette last week.
But it didn’t end with a simple difference of opinion among Campbell and her principal. The high school senior alleges that Aulenbacher threatened to call Wellesley College, where Campbell has been accepted to study in the fall, after she spoke to the press about her objections to the assembly. According to Campbell, her principal said, “How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?” Campbell alleges that Aulenbacher continued to berate her in his office, eventually driving her to tears. “He threatened me and my future in order to put forth his own personal agenda and make teachers and students feel they cant speak up because of fear of retaliation,” she said of the incident.
If the recording found here really is the presentation that Pam Stenzel gave to the students, it’s damned near impossible not to side with the student (and, thankfully, Wellesly is siding with their prospective student).
Look, if you’ve got some prudish view on sex, I understand; we all have our hang-ups. But when you decide to act on these retrograde opinions by slut shaming and giving dangerous advice – especially when you’re charged with educating our youth – you’re verging on monster status.