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Washington mom is upset over masturbation references in sex-ed text book

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Jennifer Swedeoson got quite a shock when her ten-year-old daughter brought home a book from school entitled What's the Big Secret?. (Hint: it's a little behavior we all engage in, better known as masturbation.) After reading a page about (gasp) "different types of touching," Swedeoson filed a complaint with the Oak Harbor School District. We assume she'd prefer for her daughter to receive her sex education from more reputable sources than a textbook, like the internet or those horny kids on Skins or her own natural curiosity.

The Washington school district has never had issues with the book before, claiming it's been available to students of all ages without parental permission and that sex-ed begins in fifth grade on a statewide basis. In fact, according to the district's assistant superintendent, Lance Gibbon:

"This book been on the shelves for 10 years, at five different elementary schools. That's 2,500 students a year, that's a lot of kids that had opportunity, and a lot of parents to give their input on it. This is the first time there's been any question about it."

Frankly, I'm impressed sex-ed has been in the elementary curriculum for a decade. Let's hope they don't change a thing and let all kids in on the "big secret". With middle school approaching, they're bound to find it out sooner than later.