Parents upset over 'consent' videos not cleared before students watched them

- Within seconds the video pulls viewers in. "How do you know for sure if somebody really wants to have sex with you?" asked the narrator. 

It was produced by Planned Parenthood and used by SPARCC- Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, to teach high school students at Pine View about consent. 

"Asking for consent doesn't have to be awkward. Asking for consent can be kind of sexy," said the narrator. 

Parents weren't asked for their consent before the sexually-charged video was shown to their children in an English Literature Class and many want to know why. "We are getting a flood of e-mails, phone calls and Facebooks," said Sarasota County school board member, Eric Robinson. 

With images of a man grabbing a woman's breast and same-sex couples making out, the message may have gotten lost, according to Sarasota County school board member Eric Robinson. 

"As an adult it can be hard to watch without being uncomfortable, I can imagine how a teenager would watch. The giggles and the gasps," said Robinson. 

Ultimately, the main issue is the fact that school administrators never had the chance to view it or approve it before it went in front of students. "We have a policy that requires vetting and approval by staff members," said Robinson. 

For more than a decade SPARCC has worked throughout the district, teaching about healthy relationships. 
This was the first time this video was shown. 

They issued an apology for the video: "We sincerely apologize for the incident last Wednesday at Pine View. The staff member did not follow established protocol regarding the programming presented, and the organization has acted to ensure that this does not happen again. SPARCC has had a positive relationship with Sarasota County Schools that has spanned more than 15 years and we take the trust placed in our organization very seriously. Preventing domestic/dating violence and sexual assault is central to our mission and SPARCC aims to be a trusted resource for our community.” 

While the video did violate the policy, some who saw the video found nothing wrong with it. 

"If they're offended about permission stuff I understand that. If they're offended about the actual content that was actually in the videos I don't think they should have been offended," said Sachin Pavuluri. 

The school district said SPARCC has been suspended from presenting similar programs until a review is finished. 
 

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