Old building issues at Pinelands Regional High School

In this file photo, fencing surrounding the west wing highlights the building’s structural issues at Pinelands Regional High school in Little Egg Harbor Township, Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017. Last fall’s referendum to raise money for repairs to the aging building failed to pass. Structural issues and water damage have forced the school to close nine classrooms and a fire escape route. (Michael Ein/Staff Photographer)

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LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — An Ocean County school board is considering removing copies of a sex-education magazine from a junior high library after some parents and a school board member complained it’s too explicit.

The magazines, called Sex, Etc., go beyond “valuable information” and include graphic images and text, Pinelands Regional School District board member Stephen Kubricki said.

Some parents have objected to the content, which includes articles with titles such as, “The clitoris and pleasure: What you should know.”

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“I don’t think it’s appropriate,” said Cat Williams, who has a 17-year-old in the school district. She said teenagers should go to their parents with questions about sex.

A school spokeswoman has said the magazine follows sex education standards, and the material is reviewed by doctors and other experts before publication. She said the magazine is mostly distributed to high schools, but some middle schools also subscribe.

The magazines were removed from tables in the library Monday and placed on shelves while the board considers getting rid of them.

Board attorney Amy Houck Elco advised members to wait for a committee’s review of the content before making a decision. She said material cannot be removed solely because some people find it offensive.

Parents of Pinelands Regional students have been critical of school officials after they kept the high school open during a repair project.

Recent school board meetings have been packed and contentious. School officials have since acknowledged it was a mistake not to close the school.

Instead, the discovery of asbestos from a roof replacement project led to questions about safety. The high school was closed Oct. 13 when a roofing screw fell on a student’s head. Since then, students have been attending split sessions at the junior high school.

In addition, the district faces a $7,000-a-day fine for allegedly violating PEOSHA by not providing appropriate training to employees regarding asbestos.

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