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Scottish Parents Outraged After Schoolchildren Are Shown 'Explicit' Sex Education DVD

A video being shown to young school children during a sexual education course is the cause of parental outrage after it became known that the video contained explicit sexual content.

Parents of school children in Lanarkshire, Scotland have expressed their outrage over school officials who subjected children, some as young as five, to explicit imagery depicting a naked cartoon couple having sex.

Parents say that educating children about sex is not being questioned, but rather the manner and message of sex that is being taught to their children with the video.

The DVD, titled "Living and Growing," is produced by Channel 4 Learning. It has already been taken off store shelves, but amazingly it is still being used to teach children about sex in the classrooms.

"It doesn't promote sexuality being in marriage. It's all about 'being in love.' We, as parents, are here to know what is best for our children to see," Pamela Cupples told the Christian Institute.

Earlier this year, Channel 4 Learning took the DVD out of their catalogue after parents and local officials began a campaign to have the DVD removed from store shelves.

Many parents involved stated that one of the reasons that they have decided to protest the showing of the film was the fact that they were not initially made aware of the full contents of the film. Parents, whose children are in these classes, argued that they should have more input as to what children as young as five are allowed to watch.

A new petition was created which seeks signatures to remove the DVD from the classroom.

A North Lanarkshire Council spokesman said that parents can remove their children from sex education lessons in schools at any time.

"It is for local authorities and schools to decide which resources are used with pupils, ensuring that all content is appropriate for the children being taught," a Scottish government spokesman said in a statement.

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