THE STATESMAN JOURNAL – NATALIE PATE
Salem-Keizer teachers and staff were recently told that when they learn, or suspect, a student is sexually active, they must report it to law enforcement or state officials.
Some students, teachers and parents are upset with the requirement, so much so that more than 550 people signed a digital petition to Paul Kyllo, the school board chairman, demanding the practice be stopped.
The requirement falls under Oregon’s mandatory reporting and child abuse laws. They’re meant to protect children, but the district’s clarification of the law is being criticized for being applied to sexually active, consenting teens.
Under Oregon law, any person younger than 18 is unable to give consent, so any sexual activity is considered abuse and needs to be reported.