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Kansas senator wants parent permission slips for school sex ed

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One Kansas senator thinks parents should decide how much their children know about sex and when it is too much.

Liz Nord, a Lee's Summit, MO, mother of a 12-year-old and 14-year-old remembers the candid conversations about sex.

"Some of them were pretty uncomfortable, I'm not going to lie," she said.

But however uncomfortable, she wanted her kids to know as much as possible. In her school district, parents can watch the sex education videos before their children, or they can opt out.

"It's not up to our education system to teach them about abstinence that's up to us as parents, it's up to our education system to arm them with what they need to make appropriate decisions," Nord said.

Across the state line, however, a Kansas senator says not every child needs to get that kind of information from school.

"I'm proposing legislation that would put parents back in control," Republican Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook said.

Cook wants schools in Kansas to allow parents to make a choice.

"That would require the schools to receive a signed permission slip from parents before the kids can receive sex ed and prohibit postings," she said.

Cook said not all districts in Kansas give parents that choice. She wants to make sure posters or literature are not displayed around the school about sex education.

Psychologist Dr. Marilyn Metzl believes children should receive sex education from parents and teachers as early as possible.

"You should start from the minute they are born," Metzl said. "Teaching them about sex is not a license to giving them permission to do it. It would be the same as someone asking about snowboarding. I'll listen, but I'm certainly not going to take what they tell me and go hit the slopes. They more information, the more you protect them."

She said you would be surprised about how much they think they know.

"How long do you think it takes for the sperm to fertilize the egg?" she said. "When I ask adolescents they say two hours or two days. They think if I take a shower or jump up and down. All of this misinformation."

Metzl said national statistics show 75 percent of teen girls start having sex at the age of 15.

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