Oregon high school drops assignment asking students to write about ‘sexual fantasy’ after backlash

by Jacob Fuller

Jacob Fuller, FISM News

An Oregon high school has removed a “sexual fantasy” writing assignment following outrage from parents.

Parents called for action after one parent shared a snapshot on Facebook of an assignment asking Churchill High School students to write “a paragraph or two” short story about a “sexual fantasy.”

The parents believe the instructions for the assignment are inappropriate. It reads in part,

… you will write a short story of a paragraph or two. This story is a sexual fantasy that will have NO penetration of any kind or oral sex (no way of passing an STI). You will choose 3 items (romantic music, candles, massage oil, feather, feather boa, flavored syrup, etc.) to use in your story. Your story should show that you can show and receive loving physical affection without having sex.

The Facebook post received hundreds of comments from parents.

“If an adult male asked my daughter to share her sexual fantasies with him, I would be livid and be going to the police. No teacher has any business asking this of a child,” one parent posted.


Principal Missy Cole responded to parents in a letter. She stated that her office and the school district were working to “review the 2016 adopted secondary health curriculum-OWL: Our Whole Lives to determine the full context of the assignment.”

“At this time, the assignment has been removed from the class syllabus and will not be a part of students’ grades. The OWL curriculum is utilized by many districts across the state and is endorsed by the Oregon Department of Education,” Cole wrote.

She also stated that the district may be looking to replace the curriculum.

“Additionally, the district has begun the process of reviewing and selecting a new health curriculum to replace the OWL content that will be completed by the end of the school year,” Cole wrote.

The “Health 2 Human Sexuality” class also included an assignment titled “With Whom Would You Do It” that involved spinning a wheel of sexual categories that included “anal penetration” and “oral sex.” After spinning the wheel, the instructor allegedly prompted students to respond.

Justin McCall, the father of one female student in the class, told KEZ that his daughter was “very, very, very uncomfortable” throughout the assignment.

At least one Eugene 4J school board member, Gordon Lafer, said the sexual fantasy assignment “should not be part of our curriculum.”

Author’s Biblical Analysis

I’m keeping this short and simple by letting scripture speak for itself.

You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).

Jesus highlighted that the sin of adultery does not only live in the action of physical intercourse with another.

But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:28).

Therefore, taking the time to focus on lustful thoughts of sexual fantasies with someone who is not your spouse is a sin. Anyone who prompts children to write about a sexual fantasy is prompting them to sin. And Jesus was clear about what the price is for leading His children to sin.

But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! (Matthew 18:6-7).

Our culture is rapidly drowning in a tide of sexual sin and the number of those attempting to pull children into the waters of adultery seems to grow every day.

Believers, examine your own lives. Are you living in sexual immorality? Whether it is physical adultery, extra-marital or pre-marital sex, pornography and lust toward images, or any other immorality that perverts God’s design for marriage and sexuality between a husband and wife, sexual immorality will always come with the consequence of separating you from the will of God.

A lot of Christians are living in unrepentant sexual sin today. If we wish to turn the tide and stop the growing culture of accepting every sexual immorality under the sun, we must first address our own sin, repent, and run after Christ Jesus, wearing the armor of righteousness and seeking sanctification through Him.

Once we have repented of our own sin, then we will be in a position to guide others out of immorality and forward on the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye (Matthew 7:3-5).