Texas High School With Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Hit With Chlamydia Outbreak

Parents and teachers of students at a small town high school in West Texas are scratching their heads after an outbreak of Chlamydia has swept the school.

School officials and parents are dumbfounded that the abstinence-only sexual education classes they taught their precious little angels failed to stop the STD outbreak.

KOSA-TV reported the Crane Independent School District sent a letter to parents last week informing them of 20 cases of chlamydia among the Crane High School student population, which totals about 300 students, that’s about 1 in 15 students.

The Texas Department of State Health Services initially notified both Crane and Upton County officials after a “significant numbers of cases were identified.”

KOSA-TV reports:

The high school has three days of sex education in the fall semester for students, with the curriculum including abstinence. Crane ISD Superintendent Jim T. Rumage cited abstinence as a useful methodology for keeping kids away from sexual activity in a phone interview Monday.

“If kids are not having any sexual activity, they can’t get this disease … That’s not a bad program,” Rumage said.

Rumage said officials are meeting today to develop a curriculum that will be recommended to the school board on May 19.

Chlamydia is a treatable sexually transmitted disease, but can lead to permanent damage in women’s reproductive systems. Men rarely have lasting health problems linked to the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.