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8th-grade sex-ed handout asked students to pick pizza toppings for sexual 'likes,' 'dislikes' — olives meant 'giving oral.' Officials say it was posted by 'mistake.'

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Eighth-grade students in Connecticut were given a sex-ed assignment asking them to pick pizza toppings describing their sexual "likes" and "dislikes" — for example, olives stood for "giving oral," according to Parents Defending Education, which said parents from Enfield Public Schools reached out to it about the issue.

District officials said the assignment was posted by "mistake."

What are the details?

"Now that you know this metaphor for sex, let's explore your preferences! Draw and color your favorite type of pizza," the assignment — which included an image of an empty pizza dough round — instructed students. "What's your favorite style of pizza? Your favorite toppings? What are your pizza no-nos? Now mirror these preferences in relation to sex!"

It continued: "Here are some examples: Likes: Cheese = Kissing. Olives = Giving Oral."

What happened next?

Parents arrived in droves for Tuesday night's Enfield school board meeting — and the pizza assignment was discussed, Patch reported.

Superintendent Chriz Drezek told the crowd that the assignment was posted by accident, the outlet said: "The simple truth is it was a mistake. I know there are some who may not believe that, I know there are some who don't necessarily want that answer, but this is a longtime, great staff member. There was no hidden agenda, there was no secret cabal to indoctrinate kids on something. They sent the wrong document. None of us are happy that it happened, and no one feels worse than the person that did it. I owe it to that person to stand up here and tell them, I've got your back on this one. I'm moving on, for them and for the 5,000 kids we've got to worry about."

But Patch said the public communication session that followed lasted 75 minutes, and several parents dismissed Drezek's explanation.

“This assignment is prompting kids to become sexually active before their time,” Tracey Jarvis told the board, according to WVIT-TV.

Here's a video showing a woman speaking out against the assignment late last month:

Amanda - BOE Meeting Response/Speech - 2022-01-27youtu.be

Anything else?

During the school board meeting, a brief disturbance took place when a woman brought several pizza boxes to the front of the room, Patch said, adding that board chair Tina LeBlanc called a recess and the woman was escorted from the chamber.

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