Parents of Snow Hill Elementary School students in Ooltewah are upset over a child sexual abuse prevention program that took place at the school, stating that they were not given prior notification or an option to not have their children attend.
The program was presented by the Children’s Advocacy Center to comply with Erin’s Law. According to the legislation, Tennessee school districts are required to provide a prevention-based child sexual abuse program. The program must give information about how to recognize child sexual abuse to students, teachers, and parents.
District Spokesman Steve Doremus claims that parents were notified of the program in advance stating that an email was sent by the school counselor to parents with information about the program presented by the Children’s Advocacy Center.
In an email to the Times Free Press, Doremus said, “We teach these lessons through a curriculum supported by Children’s Advocacy Center entitled Lauren’s Kids. Parents are notified about the lessons and are able to opt their student out.”