Are there really exemptions for exposing children to obscenity?
President Ronald Reagan formed a Commission to study the serious effects of obscenity and child pornography in our Nation. In 1984 he signed legislation isolating child pornography as a uniquely tragic and distinct criminal offense. Now, our children are being exposed to pornography in a very different way. Comprehensive Sexuality Education now taught in K-12 classrooms is a far cry from the “health’ classes of the 1980’s. Graphic descriptions of all forms of sexual activities are made available to students, not only via curriculum but recommended websites. Pornography is offered as a means of “safe sex.”
Although Oregon law (ORS 161.635) makes it a crime (Class A Misdemeanor, fine not exceeding $10,000) to display obscene materials to minors, there are now legal exceptions: defendant is a bona fide school, museum or public library, or individual acting in the course of employment of such entity listed.
In other words, it is now legal for a teacher to display obscene materials to minors without parental knowledge or consent. This same legislation has been passed in 43 states giving educators free reign to peddle materials to students that would otherwise be illegal if an adult showed them to another’s minor child.
This would not be troubling if schools were forthcoming about exactly what they authorize teacher to show students, and parents had the right to OPT IN instead of opt out.
It's legal for teachers and parents to show obscene materials to minors, but illegal for others.
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