Teacher resigns after showing cartoon masturbation videos to first graders as part of ‘sex education’

Justine Ang Fonte ,the director of Health & Wellness at Dalton, Photo: Twitter, via The Sun
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A Sex Education teacher at a private Manhattan school, New York, has quit the job after her controversial lesson to first graders that included cartoon videos on masturbation.

Justin Ang Fonte taught ‘sex education’ at the prestigious $55,000-per-year Dalton School in New York. Her resignation follows a complaint to the school from concerned parents, the New York Post first reported the story.

The masturbation video entitled “Help kids learn that bodies are private” featured little kids and an adult discussing erections and masturbation. The video was watched by a class full of 6-year olds.

“Hey, how come sometimes my penis gets big sometimes and points in the air?,” a little boy reportedly asked in the cartoon.

After an adult woman explained it was an “erection,” he then responded, “Sometimes I touch my penis because it feels good.”

A little girl then joined the discussion, saying, “Sometimes, when I’m in my bath or when Mom puts me to bed, I like to touch my vulva too.”

The school has reportedly removed the video from the curriculum

Fonte told parents that she does not use the word “masturbation” in class, according to the report. She claimed that her lessons teach kids not to touch themselves in public.

Children were also taught about “consent,” which one unnamed mother told the New York Post was valuable in protecting kids from abuse, but another anonymous mom said it was extreme for kids to tell their own parents or grandparents to not touch them without first asking for permission. The parents spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation.

Fonte also discussed concepts like gender assigned at birth, gender identity and gender expression during the classes.

“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,” a third mother said.

“I’m not against all sex education but it’s not cool to keep parents in the dark about it,” another parent said.

“We are furious,” another mother told the outlet. “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.”

The revelation comes a week after the New York Post reported that Fonte had taught “pornography literacy” classes this month to 120 boys and girls at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School.

A Dalton spokesperson was quoted by the Post as saying, “As part of Dalton’s comprehensive Health curriculum for students, a lesson on Gender & Bodies included two evidence-based and age-appropriate videos approved for students 4 years and 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,” the spokesperson continued. “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.”

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