Renee Walker is proof positive that one person can make a difference. Alarmed at some of the things her 11-year-old son was saying after attending a family-life program at his middle school in Concord, California, Walker decided to do some investigating. She discovered that the family-life program called CryBabies, which she had signed a permission slip for him to take and which lasted for eight days of his science period, was not the age-appropriate, accurate, unbiased sex-ed class she thought it was going to be.
It all started with an announcement of reproductive rights article in the school newsletter. In November 2004, parents at the Shamrock Middle School in DeKalb County, Georgia, were notified of a PTA meeting in January to discuss a new abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculum for eighth graders.
Sue Briss was one of several parents for whom a red flag was raised as soon as she read the words “abstinence-only.” As local parents like Briss started sharing their concerns about the new curriculum, they soon formed a loose-knit group dedicated to looking deeper into the situation.