The leader of a “progressive” Minneapolis private school took about a dozen middle- and high-school- aged students on a sex education field trip to an adult novelty store ( porn shop) last week according to news reports. The students, brought to the “Smitten Kitten,” were as young as 11. Parents, apparently, were not notified before the trip.
The head of “Gaia Democratic School,” and host of the “field trip,” is/was Starri Hedges (a great porn starlet’s name, by-the-way. If no one is currently using that moniker, they should snap it up). Starri said she wanted to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior. “What I saw happening on our trip, I thought it was beautiful because kids could talk to these sex educators without any shame, without any fear,” she added. Beautiful? I could think of many adjectives for what was happening, but I’m not sure beautiful would be among them.
The school is housed in a Unitarian church on Mount Curve Avenue. Naturally.
The store’s owner said via an e-mail that she considers Smitten Kitten to be “an educational resource about sex and sexuality…”
The field trip afforded students access to educators and products that could be used to practice safer sex, Hedges said. She also said that some students bought condoms. “It was certainly the first time we have taken that kind of field trip and it will probably be our last, which I feel bad (about) because the kids had so much fun.” Imagine that.
I always thought that a person had to be 18 to even enter one of these esteemed educational establishments.
Oh, well, what’s the big deal? Just gives “Toys for Tots” a new meaning, I guess.
Seriously, this decision is incomprehensible. The name of the school tells you everything you need to know, but to break city code and take wildly under-aged kids into an adult sex shop without prior notification of- and approval from- their parents is, or should be, unconscionable.
The Smitten Kitten was, in fact, cited for breaking the city code for the location/zoning region that it occupies, as the store didn’t have the most sexually explicit material properly contained in a separate section of the shop, as that code requires. The store will be made to comply with the code, but no fines or other penalties will be levied.
It is the “Gaia Democratic School” and its director that should be hit with fines and penalties.
Gaia means “mother of the Earth.” The school’s mantra is: “We offer K-12 students individualized learning in an environment of empowerment, freedom and fun with an emphasis on cooperative and democratic methods. Unschoolers, homeschoolers, and free spirits are welcome!”