Hinson calls SMSD sex ed poster ‘objectionable' as review continues

Speaking publicly for the first time about a scandal that flared in the Shawnee Mission School District two weeks ago, Superintendent Jim Hinson told board members he found the poster at the heart of the debate "objectionable."

Hinson said board members had not reviewed supplementary materials used in the district's human sexuality classes, including a poster listing types of sexual activities that was displayed in a middle school, and which some parents found offensive.

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The district had already suspended the further use of those materials pending a "detailed review," which Hinson said Monday could take time and would likely not be completed by the February board meeting.

Hinson said the district had not done a good job communicating with parents about the supplementary materials, including the poster, used in classroom discussions.

He defended the district's overall abstinence-based approach to human sexuality instruction as the "right approach."

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