An Oak Harbor mom is upset with a book her fifth-grade daughter brought home from school.
It’s called “What’s the Big Secret” and is available at many public schools.
“I can’t even stand that she had already read this without me even knowing,” said Jennifer Swedeoson.
Swedeoson had planned to have “the birds and the bees” talk with her 10-year-old daughter Kaleigh when she reached middle school. But that timeline changed when Kaleigh brought the book home from school yesterday.
“I start flipping through, this is all right, but then it starts talking more about sex and I get into it and it’s completely too graphic for her.”
“What’s the Big Secret” shows how boys and girls are physically different, offers a lesson in reproduction and talks about “different types of touching.”
“This is one of the first that definitely caught my eye, talking about masturbation when you are 10 years old,” Swedeoson said. “What do you need to read that for? I’m not so upset about the book itself. I think they should be sending home permission slips, making sure parents are aware that the book is there.”