×
NYC Private School Teaches First Graders About Masturbation In Sex-Ed Video, Parents Are Angry

NYC Private School Teaches First Graders About Masturbation In Sex-Ed Video, Parents Are Angry

Dalton school's "health and wellness" educator Justine Ang Fonte reportedly played a video for 6-year-olds where little cartoon kids were discussing "touching themselves" for pleasure.

How soon is too soon is the question we should be asking when it comes to age-appropriate sex-ed material? Well, these parents from an elite New York School found out the hard way.  They were furious after they learned that their first-graders at the elite $55,000-per-year Dalton School were being given lessons on sex education, specifically masturbation, in class. The prep school's "health and wellness" educator Justine Ang Fonte — who is now notorious for hosting a rather controversial and explicit "porn literacy" workshop at another elite institution — reportedly played a video for 6-year-olds where little cartoon kids were discussing "touching themselves" for pleasure. When outraged parents confronted the school administrators about not seeking prior permission, they backed Fonte saying they had simply "misinterpreted" what she was teaching. "I’m not against all sex education but it’s not cool to keep parents in the dark about it," said one Dalton mother. However, at the same time, they quietly removed the video about masturbation from the curriculum. 



 

 

Fonte previously came under fire last week, following The New York Post's exposé on her workshop of "Porn Literacy:  An intersectional focus on mainstream porn" at the posh Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. The news outlet shared details about the cartoon video which was shown to kids during sex-ed classes. "Hey, how come sometimes my penis gets big sometimes and points in the air?" a little boy is heard asking in the cartoon. This eventually leads to the explanation of an "erection" to which the boy nods and admits, "Sometimes I touch my penis because it feels good." Next a little girl shares, "Sometimes, when I’m in my bath or when Mom puts me to bed, I like to touch my vulva too." 



 

 

After the severe backlash, Fonte reportedly reassured parents that words such as "masturbation" are not used in her classes. She added that kids are also taught not to touch themselves in public. Apparently, students at the school are also educated about the importance of "consent." While some agreed that teaching the concept of consent is essential to protect kids from abuse, others felt that telling kids that their own parents or grandparents should not touch them without asking for permission first was a bit extreme. 



 

"Literally parents are supposed to say to their kids, May I hug you?" noted one parent. A mother stated that another parent told her, "I’m paying $50,000 to these a–holes to tell my kid not to let her grandfather hug her when he sees her?" Fonte's lessons for first graders also had subjects like one's gender assigned at birth, gender expression, and gender identity. "Kids have no less than five classes on gender identity — this is pure indoctrination," said one Dalton mother. 



 

 

"This person should absolutely not be teaching children. Ironically, she teaches kids about ‘consent’ yet she has never gotten consent from parents about the sexually explicit, and age-inappropriate material about transgender to first-graders," she added. Another anonymous mother told the outlet: "We are furious. We were horrified to learn this was shown to our first-grade 6- and 7-year-old kids without our knowledge or consent. But it’s so hard to fight back because you’ll get canceled and your child will suffer." All the parents who spoke up did so on the condition of anonymity as they feared retaliation. 



 

Vivek Ramaswamy, the author of the forthcoming book WOKE INC, appeared on "America Reports" and noted that the most shocking thing about the incident was that parents were afraid to speak publicly in fear of retaliation. "Parents are paying $50,000 a year to send their kids to this school and yet they were afraid to speak on the record," said the Biotech entrepreneur, according to Fox News. "They had to speak anonymously for fear of retaliation." 



 

 

"Ultimately, there is a new bludgeon in this new toolkit teaching kids not only about not only sexual identity, transgenderism, a whole range of age-inappropriate topics for first-graders, now the people who really wield power are the people who say that ‘hey if you don’t pass that class, you get a bad grade at school, if you get a bad grade in school you can’t get into the college you want," he said, adding that schools need to focus more on other curricula like math and civics education. 



 

Defending the sex-ed lessons, a Dalton spokesman told New York Post that the videos were approved for students who were 4 years or older. "These videos align with nationally recognized methodologies and standards. We consistently review our health curriculum, making sure that the content is developmentally appropriate and, if necessary, we adapt our curriculum accordingly. We will continue to listen carefully to parent feedback, respond thoughtfully to community concerns, and develop lessons that are in the best interest of our students, respect our community’s values, and correspond with best practices," he said. 

Recommended for you