Brand Seng preaches a pro-life, chaste lifestyle. All of his work is rooted in his faith. His web site is bradseng.com. Check it out. The kids in BVSD schools are being directed to his web site during his demonstrations in Boulder Valley Public Middle and High Schools.
In his presentation at Southern Hills Middle School on Friday, April 6, 2012 he did a demonstration with dirty food spit into water glasses and a clean water glass. He also told the kids he lost his virginity and then got it back. A few kids said he used the word "faith".
Of course, everything I am telling you about his time with the BVSD children is coming from the kids themselves. Because I wasn't there. I wasn't notified of a religious speaker coming to talk with my kid or given a chance to respond or attend myself.
My complaints are not in any way with Brad Seng. He can preach whatever he would like. The problem is that he was brought into a public middle and high school system under the radar of the parents. It frightens me what else the school has been forcing on my kid I might not be aware of from the last three years. I am disappointed with the responses that I received from the Principal at Southern Hills Middle School. So far they appear to see nothing wrong with bringing Brad Seng in to talk to our kids. I was passed along three times when I called the BVSD Office of the Superintendent. But when the third person, Roy Holloway, called me back I felt he listened to my concerns carefully. I appreciated that. He said the school district would take a few days to sort it out.
There are many kids in BVSD with parents who engage regularly in sex outside of marriage. There are also many kids with same sex parents who aren't legally allowed to marry yet. Do they love any less? Are their families any less valuable than those of married people having sex? Of course not. To even suggest that there is something dirty or worth spitting on regarding human sexuality is wrong. Teach abstinence in a way all of the kids will respect and value for what it is, without any religious morality attached. I think the kids should be taught to always represent themselves and never feel pressured into anything, by anyone, especially sexually. But religious sexual morality preaching is not appropriate in any public school.
In my perfect world BVSD would have already have apologized to all of the parents and removed Brad Seng and any other religious based speakers from their roster of approved speakers.
But as it stands, Brad Seng is scheduled to speak at Fairview High School May 2, 2012.