- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A Tennessee public school district has admitted to making a mistake after flyers advertising free birth control were distributed to students as young as 7.

Students at Mary Hughes School, a K-8 school in Piney Flats, were given flyers earlier this month promoting a nearby event by the Remote Area Medical clinic providing various free medical services. The two-sided flyer advertised free dental, vision, and medical care on the front and free birth control “including implants, IUDs, pills, condoms, and more” on the back, WJHL-TV reported.

The Rev. Rich Penkoski, who said his 7-year-old son received the flyer, spoke out at last week’s school board meeting accusing the district of pushing a liberal, anti-Christian agenda.


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“Since when is it the school’s job to teach my son about birth control?” Mr. Penkoski asked, the Kingsport Times-News reported. “I also can not help but notice abstinence is not on this list.”

“This garbage in this flyer is anything but Christian values, and Christian families have a right to be upset about it,” added Tennessee Pastors Network President Dale Walker, WJHL-TV reported.



Sullivan County Schools Director David Cox said the flyer’s “intention was good” but that the information about the free birth control should not have been included.

“This, I would say, was an inadvertent distribution of that material, instead of just printing the one side,” he said.

Mr. Cox said the district will review its materials distribution policy to make sure such an error doesn’t happen again.

“The school regrets that the information was shared that was upsetting to some families,” he said.

Mr. Penkoski said he isn’t buying the district’s explanation.

“The school can say ‘inadvertent’ all they want, but that is like accidentally giving a child with a peanut allergy a peanut,” he told The Christian Post.

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