English teacher Michelle Burress, Plainfield Community Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year, first landed in the college board’s cross hairs following the very first issue of “The Shakedown” was dispersed to students Monday.
The magazine headlined “Plainfield High School’s Relationship Survival Guide Declassified” was created entirely by pupils in Burress’ books course.
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Polls about the incidence of lists of date ideas, sexting and lines seemed next to serious pieces with a police officer such as a Q&A on dating violence and interviews with educators who met their partners in high school.
You will find firsthand accounts of dating high and lows and many essays. The issue spread out shared sense advice on fulfilling your significant other’s parents and also how to act following a break-up, but did not shy away from more controversial topics in defining terms like “friends with benefits” and polyamory.
Student editors said it had been printed to much fanfare but begun to obtain backlash.
“We were so eager to put them out,” said Kayla Mays, a junior and also co-editor of the matter using classmate Anu Nattam. “We were so pleased. It was unlike anything we’d done before.”
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The team received about 1,700 copies of this publication that was printed and delivered them. Mays said adverse comments started over hours.
“Parents will need to be aware that Plainfield High School has published and distributed to pupils a magazine telling our kids that casual sex and even group (sex) is OK,” Bret Allen composed on Facebook.
The Plainfield Schools board president Michael Allen’s daughter, Allen, pointed at one article penned by a ninth-grade boy that described a sleep-over together with his girlfriend. Both had their parents’ consent and their contact was restricted to a kiss, ” the boy wrote.
Allen also pointed to the definition of this word polyamory, and it is a connection involving more than two people.
“More and more on what is acceptable in regards to sex is what our kids as young as 14 have been taught at Plainfield High School,” Allen wrote.
Allen’s Facebook page was visible to the general public morning, but maybe not before IndyStar opened the post and watched the comments.
Mays said Allen submitted snippets of tales without circumstance and the novel staff stands by its work.
“We did not believe there was anything to be ashamed of,” she said. “It had been totally unbiased, entirely informative.”
Plainfield Schools’ board had scheduled a disciplinary meeting with Burress but Manager of Communications Sabrina Kapp on Friday said that meeting was cancelled.
The board’s next regular meeting is Nov. 9.
“Because I could be facing possible disciplinary action, my attorney has advised that I not talk about the situation,” Burress said in an email to IndyStar.
Ryan Gunterman, executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association, said nothing in the 24-page magazine promotes or glamorizes sex.
“That is well done, non-sensationalist stuff here,” Gunterman explained. “We don’t understand what the big deal is, frankly.”
The other publication team is already working on another matter, although Mays said pupils are concerned about the faculty’s government trying to pay off its journalists.
“We anticipate there’ll be backlash with this, also,” she said. “We are not letting it stop us. We are here to do a project. We are here to inform.”
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