FARMINGTON—The fifth grade maturation video produced by Proctor & Gamble will be presented as is to students who opt-in, despite opposition to some terminology in it by several members of the Davis School District Board of Education.
Mona Andrus, vice president of the board, had raised concerns over slang words used in the video and asked for information on whether or not the words could be edited out.
During a meeting in November, she told the board she’d learned that Proctor & Gamble did not allow for any editing or copying of the videos.
Others researching the issue separately had also found that the user agreement itself says that the videos can’t be altered.
As a result, board members voted to approve the videos, which will be shown in their original form.
The motion to approve was given by Tamara Lowe and seconded by Kathie Bone.
“I’m basing my second on the fact that 90 percent of the parents that viewed the video and responded were fine with it and it is an opt-in program so those people who feel they can do a better job of explaining sexuality to their children can have that option,” said Bone.
Larry Smith, also a board member, said the district had received 265 comments online about the issue.
“The local control and the concern of some parents on the conservative side are valid, so maybe we could think of taking it over ourselves,” he said, suggesting the district produce its own maturation video.
Board member Julie Tanner expressed her disappointment that the movies could not be altered.
“I appreciate the support of the schools in teaching this very sensitive subject,” she said, “and I think the majority of this video is very well done and I’m sorry we’re not able to edit it to be more in line with the values of our community.”
“We, as school board members, are directly accountable to the people of Davis County,” she said, “and I think it’s wise for an entity like us to be as responsive to constituents as we can and I appreciate being able to say we have contacted Proctor & Gamble and were not able to eliminate those parts.”