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Update on Stenzel Presentation

Update on Stenzel Presentation

In response to an overwhelming need for additional resources and discussion over sex and sexuality issues for students of the Warwick School District, Pam Stenzel was invited to present an abstinence message on November 19, 2014 as a complement to our comprehensive health curriculum. On October 15, 2014, a local media source posted a story online and later printed an inflammatory, inaccurate, and biased article absent of critical facts on this event, including the processes in place for families to review information and make individual decisions about attendance at the school day presentations.  As a result, comments on the article and on social media were used to further inflame the situation in subsequent articles and updates.

Warwick School District is grateful to those individuals who were willing to engage in constructive discourse regarding the abstinence message, the speaker, and the presentations.  Unfortunately, others with differences of opinion used what can only be described as bullying tactics through social media to personally attack individuals, to attempt to discover the name of the business contributor in order to boycott and/or picket the business, to threaten the continued use of the local media and the additional use of national media to ‘make an example’ of the district, to continue to spread inaccurate and inflammatory information, and as a platform for planning to create an unsafe environment for our students.

In order to protect the students and staff of Warwick School District from the credible threats to obstruct, intimidate, and disrupt the educational process and rights of the students and families who elected to attend the school day presentations, it has been decided that Pam Stenzel will provide an evening presentation only on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.  The administration and board of school directors of the Warwick School District believe that every secondary student should have the opportunity to hear Pam Stenzel’s message, and that every family should have the right to make the decision about whether the message is appropriate.  It is unfortunate that the actions of a few will prevent our students from having this opportunity.