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Proposed law would add sexting education to sex ed

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A proposed bill would add sexting education into the curriculum of sex ed in grades 6th through 12th in the state of Illinois.

The bill is sponsored by State Representative Maurice West of Rockford.

He says he filed the bill because he wants students to understand the consequences when it comes to sexting.

"Lets have a discussion with our students. Especially when our students know what sexting is but they not know the consequences behind it,"said Rep. West.

Rockford Lutheran High School says it can get behind the idea of adding sexting education into sex ed.

"You know, its so important that kids learn algebra, and its so important they learn how to write a term paper, but especially in a christian school, we feel that the social and emotional growth is important, we can't neglect that," said Rockford Lutheran School Exec. Director Don Gillingham.

Students at the school also agree the change could help.

"I guess I agree because I guess like it could help students like understand what it truly is," said student Logan O'Brian.

"I think it would be a really good idea because younger kids have more freedom with their phones and its like its probably really beneficial for them to like know not to do it at a younger age," said student Maria Hare.

The school also says it can help parents with the conversation of sexting by continuing the conversation in the classroom.

The bill is currently in the rules committee. Once session begins, it will be moved to another committee to be reviewed.

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker is the 13 News weekend evening anchor. She started in April of 2019 after moving from Michigan, where she was a morning producer/traffic reporter.

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