I took my daughter, 9, out of school because I was horrified by what she was being taught… it was disgusting | The Sun

I took my daughter, 9, out of school because I was horrified by what she was being taught… it was disgusting | The Sun

A DISGUSTED dad took his nine-year-old daughter out of primary school after seeing a sex education lesson plan.

Michael Doherty was left furious that teachers hoped to show Year 4s a video of a boy getting an erection, having a wet dream and ejaculating.

But when the dad complained, he says RSE teachers insisted the BBC Bitesize clip was "suitable" for the age group.

Michael, who is a Christian, told MailOnline: "The teacher's reason was so that when she's an adult she doesn't go 'eurgh' when she hears about wet dreams.

"As a parent it just feels wrong. It's a really creepy and vile video. It's over-sexualisation of children."

Michael, 50, first became concerned when Thurston Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, announced they would be teaching RSE to his daughter Sophia.

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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) classes became compulsory three years ago.

But this year, secretive lesson plans showed schoolchildren are being taught about anal sex and orgasms before they have reached puberty.

In light of this, the former aircraft engineer asked to see his own daughter's lesson plans.

The school refused but finally gave in after weeks of dragging their feet.

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After seeing the plans, Michael objected on the grounds of the BBC Biteize video and he asked to remove his daughter from the class on religious grounds.

But to his amazement, the dad was told the school had consulted parents on the issue and he did not have the right to withdraw her.

They allegedly told him this was "because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe".

A letter sent to Michael by the headteacher claimed the school followed the national curriculum for PSHE relationships – but no such national curriculum exists.

After an almighty row, Michael hauled Sophia out of the school and she is spending the rest of the academic year in Poland.

Michael and his wife say they are prepared to home-school their child if they can't find her a new primary by September.

Reflecting on the saga, the dad added: "Sadly we cannot trust the judgement of some school leaders.

"As for other parents, most are sadly ignorant of what is being shown to children in the school setting."

A spokesperson for Thurston Primary said: "The PSHE curriculum taught at Thurston CE Primary Academy is in line with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education's policy on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.

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"The curriculum follows the PSHE Association programme of study – which is government funded and quality assured by the educational body to ensure it meets statutory requirements.

"The BBC Bitesize video was included in the resources but has since been withdrawn by the BBC. The school will be reviewing its materials."

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