Big crowd turns out for proposed sex education updates in Parkway School District

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) - The Parkway School District School Board heard from parents and students for the first time Wednesday night since the district released lesson plans for a new sexual education curriculum.

51 concerned community members signed up to talk, but dozens others just came to listen.

Some fear the lessons are exposing students to too much too soon.

"What they do is they're giving kids an opportunity to defend their choice to be sexually active and I don't know any parent who wants their child practicing their defense of choosing a risky behavior," said one concerned parent, Barb Wait

The new lesson plans include discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in the 8th and 10th grades. Some students argue it would build understanding and acceptance among peers.

"Being able to express yourself is something that is a human right," said freshman, Andrew Bennett. "Especially in high schools where people unfortunately judge you, to really feel included is very important for a lot of kids."

Parkway School Board is expected to vote on the new sex ed curriculum in March.