Suzanne Young, a mother and New York Times best-selling author of “young adult novels,” took to Twitter to protest the Gilbert Public School District’s decision to express its support of adoption over abortion and abstinence as the “most effective” way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.
Take a look at the sticker:
This. THIS is a sticker my son's public high school just forced all students to put in their science books: pic.twitter.com/MmVM1xu0Xf— Suzanne Young (@suzanne_young) August 19, 2015
Son got in the car, turned to me and handed me his biology book. "You're going to want to read this," he said, pointing to the sticker— Suzanne Young (@suzanne_young) August 19, 2015
The wording of the text falls in line with Arizona law on the matter:
"In view of the state's strong interest in promoting childbirth and adoption over elective abortion, no school district or charter school in this state may allow any presentation during instructional time or furnish any materials to pupils as part of any instruction that does not give preference, encouragement and support to childbirth and adoption as preferred options to elective abortion."
But Young told BuzzFeed the school district in Gilbert, Arizona, took an “educational text and used it to teach morality.” She also said she would’ve refused to put the sticker on her book if she were a student.
I don't care what your religion is or if you think abstinence education works, that sticker crosses the line for public school.— Suzanne Young (@suzanne_young) August 19, 2015
I wonder how the girls felt about it in class. I would have refused.— Suzanne Young (@suzanne_young) August 19, 2015
It's SCIENCE! According to the majority religion in your area.— Suzanne Young (@suzanne_young) August 19, 2015
In a statement emailed to Cosmopolitan, Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto wrote:
"I worked closely with the Governing Board to provide a solution to last year's matter regarding the District's biology books," her statement read. "The board and I have full confidence in our teachers and because we trust the way our teachers instruct, we agreed that the stickers on the back cover are the best course of action. We are pleased with the collaboration and completion of this matter."
After receiving a lot of feedback online, Young offered some positive words about Gilbert High School.
I think Gilbert High School is an outstanding school with brilliant teachers. I know that part of my statement has gotten lost.— Suzanne Young (@suzanne_young) August 21, 2015