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March 8, 2013

Miss Mankato: Abstinence platform rejected

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MANKATO —

Bartlett said East High School Principal Jeff Dahline met with Chavers Thursday and decided she couldn’t do a schoolwide lyceum, but “maybe one small classroom.”

Dahline said he told Chavers that while he didn’t think the abstinence discussion was appropriate for 1,000 students in grades 9-12 all at one time, he did want to connect her with a 10th-grade health teacher to give the talk in that classroom setting to 30-35 students at a time and 200-300 students during the course of the day.

“We get a lot of requests like this and proposals, and we do our best to weigh those proposals and find the right platform to deliver those,” Dahline said. “They’re all great organizations; they’re all very worthy. But we also have to take into consideration that our students’ time is very valuable.”

Chavers said she understood much better Friday after discussing her platform with West Principal Brian Gersich that there are policies in place for such topics, including the message being delivered from an educational standpoint that must coincide with school curriculum. Gersich, too, suggested the abstinence talk is best suited for health classes at West.

Chavers said after her discussion with Gersich, she likely confused what she considered “resistance” by Dahline with making sure the talk followed protocol.

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