High School Student Fights Back Against Abstinence Speaker at Assembly, so the Principal Threatens to Warn Her Future College About Her

***Update***: An audio recording of Pam Stenzel’s talk at the high school can be heard here:

It’s incredible that some public high school administrators still haven’t learned how to vet assembly speakers to make sure they’re not spouting religious-based nonsense.

In Charleston, West Virginia, George Washington High School recently brought in Pam Stenzel to speak about the importance of making good decisions.

Unfortunately, in Stenzel’s mind, abstinence is the only good decision when it comes to sex, and anyone who’s had any sort of sexual contact with someone they weren’t married to is going to pay the price for it.

Just check out what she says at the 3:10 mark in her promo video below:

If you have sex outside of one, permanent, monogamous… partner who has only been with you… If you have sex outside of that context, you will pay. No one has ever had more than one partner and not paid.

Bullshit. Sex, by itself, isn’t a bad thing. You have to be emotionally ready for it. You should know how to protect yourself. You should know that abstinence isn’t a dirty word if you choose to stay that way. But having sex doesn’t make you a bad person.

That’s not what Stenzel told the students, though:

Pam Stenzel, a Christian speaker dedicated to teaching teens about “the consequences, both physical and emotional, of sex outside of marriage,” told GW students in an assembly [last] Tuesday that if they have had any premarital sexual contact, they’re “impure,” student Katelyn Campbell said.

“Many students felt uncomfortable with her outright condemnation of any and everyone who has ever had premarital sexual contact,” Campbell said. “Stenzel’s overall attitude was that any type of sex will guarantee the contraction of an STD or an unwanted pregnancy.”

Campbell said several students had recorded the presentation, where Stenzel allegedly made comments like, “If you take birth control, your mother probably hates you” and “I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.”

Katelyn Campbell (Chris Dorst – The Charleston Gazette)

So Stenzel isn’t just preaching nonsense, she’s marketing herself as an expert without knowing the facts about her subject.

Furthermore, students were essentially forced to attend this assembly:

Campbell said fliers about the event were passed out to students a day prior and promoted “God’s plan for sexual purity.” Typically, students are allowed to stay in class with a teacher’s supervision if they do not want to attend an assembly, she said, but it was insinuated that students had to attend this assembly.

[Principal] Aulenbacher and members of the school’s staff blocked the gym entrance and told students who tried to leave that they had to stay the entire time

Stenzel cost about $4,000-$6,000 to bring to the school, but the administrators said the event was “sponsored by private donations.” In fact, it was paid for by Believe in West Virginia, a local Christian group. (Surprise, surprise.)

Campbell, a senior at the high school and student body vice-president, is the brave hero of this story. She’s talking to the ACLU. She’s letting the public know what Stenzel was preaching. And the principal of the school tried to punish her because of it:

West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” Campbell said. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under [principal] George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed. Our nurse wasn’t allowed to talk about where you can get birth control for free in the city of Charleston.”

Aulenbacher called Campbell to the principal’s office after she contacted media outlets about the assembly and said, “I am disappointed in you” and “How could you go to the press without telling me?” according to the complaint.

He then allegedly threatened to call Wellesley College, where Campbell has been accepted, and tell them about her actions. “How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?” he said, according to the complaint.

Unbelievable. Aulenbacher is doing everything a principal should never do — he brought in an unqualified speaker, wasted students’ time by making them attend the talk, and then threatened a student who was doing the right thing by going to the media about it.

Katelyn doesn’t just deserve to attend Wellesley; she deserves a scholarship for standing up against bad sex education, against the idea of slut-shaming, and against her administration.

And if the principal thinks Wellesley would be upset about what Katelyn is doing, he doesn’t know the school at all.

(Thanks to Brian for the link)

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  • Gus Snarp

    Please, call Wellesley right now and tell them all about it. I’m sure they’ll be just horrified to learn that a prospective student was standing up for the first amendment and real sex education with information about birth control. Do you suppose the principal is really that ignorant of what the educated world thinks about these things?

    • C Peterson

      Do you suppose the principal is really that ignorant of what the educated world thinks about these things?

      As a person who shows no indication of a quality education himself, I’d say “yes”.

      • Gus Snarp

        Hah! But surely he was taught that Wellesley is a font of socialist, feminist elites who hate god, wasn’t he?

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

          i doubt he can spell it, let alone find it on a map.

          • Charles Honeycutt

            It’s spelled “afganstan”, isn’t it?

        • C Peterson

          You say that like it’s a bad thing…

        • beatonfam

          many of us would take that as a compliment or challenge.

  • C Peterson

    Certainly, the principal’s response is obscene and reflects a poorly developed moral code. However, what the principal considers a warning to the college would be called a recommendation by any school worth attending, and most certainly by Wellesley.

    (It would be great if he actually sent this “warning”, and somebody at the Wellesley admissions office returned a letter thanking him for his valuable insight into Katelyn’s positive character values, and for adding support to their decision to admit her.)

    • nkendall

      But that assumes that the college is going to get the full story or even the truth. Bad people are willing to lie.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

        don’t even worry about it. as an admissions officer, i can tell you that 1) i have little doubt his letter or call would come across as a foaming at the mouth ignorant rant and 2) the staff would LOVE it, as in laughter and backpatting for letting in such an excellent young woman.

        no, the real danger is that he’ll call and the other students in the school will be punished. as in, the college will make a black mark on the school as “probably not the best place to look for good matches for our college.” colleges and universities really do rank high schools, and unfortunately, those with this sort of “administration” fall to the bottom of desirable feed schools.

        • JET

          Absolutely agree. Ms. Campbell will not be harmed at all by any publicity generated by this. The harm is to the other students who might suffer when good colleges look at where they got their high school educations and think “no, we’ll have to put them through too many remedial courses.”

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

            i’m inclined to write him a letter, now that you mention it.

            • C Peterson

              Good letter… although I expect simply being in West Virginia is enough to raise a few warning flags in the better admissions offices.

              • Ed

                Fuck You. You are the ignorant bigot you despise.

                • C Peterson

                  Let me guess. You’re from WV. Sorry to say, it shows.

                • http://twitter.com/the_final_pope Ben Roy

                  For supposedly having an open mind your ignorance shows through quite brightly. Saying that just being from WV should send up warning flags is quite the statement considering the number of individuals who were born, raised, and educated here who went on to do things I’m sure most would be envious of. A simple google search would do you wonders.
                  Also, while on the point, anywhere there are humans, there are idiots, the name of your home has nothing to do with it.

                • TheAnti-Coconut

                  Don’t forget, South Charleston is a small-medium sized city, with more financial and cultural resources than your average Appalachian school district.

                • idea1013

                  Holy over-reaction batman! WV is ranked 47th in education in the nation; that’s not bigotry, its simple fact.

                • 3lemenope

                  So that’s an excuse to write off students from there? No, C Peterson’s comment was way out of line. It may give folks warm fuzzies to point out how things are worse in places they don’t live, but being a dick about it does nobody any favors. All it does is, at the margins, make it more difficult for such places to change, and for people from them to get a fair shake. I’m sure if you gave me where you lived I could find some truly embarrassing factoids about it. Would that be at all helpful to people in your neck of the woods?

                • C Peterson

                  Not out of line at all. If you don’t think the admissions offices of good schools aren’t aware that there are academically backward states, and use that information in their decision making process, you’re living in a fantasy world. You certainly can accept students from WV, KY, TN, LA, NC, SC, and other bottom rung places. Good students come from all of them. But you’d be foolish not to recognize the greater chance of getting bumpkins, as well. That’s what it means to have a warning flag.

                • 3lemenope

                  And they are wrong to do so, and you are being ridiculous in defending the practice (much less the part where you seem to relish it). “Bottom rung places”. Seriously, it’s pretty hard to be that much of a prig accidentally.

                • C Peterson

                  They are rational to do so. It would be ridiculous to fail to consider the broad educational background of applicants. An “A” from a school in a bottom rung state is likely to be equivalent to a “B” in one with a strong educational system. That means something.

                • 3lemenope

                  It’s “rational” to judge individual applicants on a measure as coarsely grained as state of origin? No, I think you have that word confused with another word. It is rational to consider, perhaps, school-by-school, since at that level one might have actual information that might pertain to what the individual applicant’s educational program might have been like. But state-by-state? That is really stupid (and quite possibly illegal).

                  Personally, though, I think you are literally pulling this notion right out of your ass to psychologically affirm some half-baked notions of how some places are just deserving of being made fun of. And since we do have a former admissions officer in the house, perhaps she may be able to shed some light. Do admissions officers judge students differentially depending merely on the state they come from? Is there a penalty up-front from coming from West Virginia? Or is it judged school-by-school?

                • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

                  please see my response above. WV lacks some things, it has benefits for some students in others. bottom line: diversity. it is the ‘religion’ of admissions officers. not just by ‘race’ but by so much more.

                  i can’t do it b/c of privacy reasons, but oh. the story i could tell you about one AL admit i had… he was so beautiful, as a student. da vinci would’ve been proud.

                  state means nothing, until it does. does that make sense?

                • C Peterson

                  I have occasionally acted as an out-of-state interviewer for a very good college- often rated the best in the U.S. I can assure you that the state of the candidate is a factor.

                  I did not say that any applicant is “judged” by the state they are from. But the quality of the state’s education system is a factor (in many cases, there is no specific information available for the individual school), and the applicant is always evaluated with that in mind. Those who attend an unknown school in a lower-rung state (and that includes WV, as well as most of the South) are evaluated differently, because in many cases the GPA is meaningless.

                  There are many things that can raise a flag. That doesn’t mean an applicant gets automatically rejected, it means that somebody has to look at the situation and decide if it’s a real problem or not.

                • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

                  ack! lemme jump in this mess for a moment to tell you all, from experience:

                  admissions is not simply based by state. there are some primo schools in WV, ND, idaho… and they are ‘feed’ schools for top twenty unis and colleges. admissions people search, seriously, for applicants from these schools.

                  every state has a “fine” school or two. but here’s the evil trick: “fine” really means “someday will be rich and connected, and turn into generous alumni.” ugly, but true. Harvard, Yale, Stanford admin people, join me here. you know what i mean.

                  also: every school, university and college, has a similar “guiding ideology.” however they define it. yes, that means Oral Bible Roberts and Pat Xtian Universattie. which often includes: we want regional diversity! we want to be able to put pretty pictures in our guidebooks and prospectives, showing all potential (rich) applicants what a wonderful place we are, regardless of our official designation! with “both kinds” of xtian, some brown people, maybe a homosexual or two…

                  no good admin officer EVER writes off a student based simply on zip code. there is bias, there is ranking. but i have admitted students from “burned out ghetto” and “backwater hick nowhere” and gotten them ~$100K in scholarships and more, at top 20 places. because i can, as an admin official.

                  admissions is a very progressive, even radical place sometimes. we take our duties (shaping the frakking future, one student at a time) very, very seriously. for the most part. some of us are, well, more average.

                  all i’m saying is: don’t worry. if you have the chops, you’ll get your chance. what you do with it? up to you.

                • 3lemenope

                  Phew! That is good to hear. I didn’t think CP had the right of it on state-by-state, but it is always good to get info from someone on the inside.

                • Chel

                  Albany New York. Have at it

                • Amber

                  LMFAO dude WV has some shitty schools… like idea said it’s facts bro

            • 3lemenope

              Nicely done!

      • http://www.facebook.com/Dharmaworks David Benjamin Patton

        Christians are willing to lie – or at least obfuscate the truth – if it serves their purpose. That’s why being a christian is a moral deficit, not an asset.

        • Friar Don

          Umm. No. That’s the sad thing about this incident. One will paint all Christians with a broad brush based on the behavior of this not-Christ-like Christian. Most Christians are cringing at this behavior. Even more conservative Christians “get” that forced dogma doesn’t work. And it also feeds anti-Christian bigots like yourself, David.

          • CultOfReason

            What David is expressing is hardly anti-christian bigotry. Actions speak louder than words and there are many, many examples from Christians that support David’s contention. You need not look any further than the behavior of the Catholic Church with regards to the pedophilia cover ups. Also, making statements like “not-Christ-like Christian” is fundamentally dishonest. Look up the No True Scottsman fallacy.

          • C Peterson

            While not all Christians are bad people (or even most), it’s certainly true that Christian theology enables poor morality. So the assertion is not entirely without merit.

          • Wild Rumpus

            Oh Friar…

            “…the behavior of this not-Christ-like Christian…”

            You need to learn about the “No True Scotsman”fallacy before you start pitching ideas like that around here. Most of us around FA just roll our eyes when someone says “he’s not a true Christian”.

            “Most Christians are cringing at this behavior.”

            Where are these Christians? In the few newspaper articles and a few blog posts, I have found, all the comments are by secularists condemning the principal for trying to bring a Christian proselytizer to the school. Where are the Christians condemning this? Not on the news or blogs searchable by Google…

            The problem is, Christians usually are afraid to speak out against other Christians and end up tacitly supporting all the heinous things done in the name of a god.

            “Even more conservative Christians “get” that forced dogma doesn’t work.”

            Again, where are these Christians? Every day I read about some Christian wanting to make new legislation to force people to accepting Christian Dogma. Today’s Asshole of the Day is Virginia’s AG who wants to make blowjobs and buttsex illegal. How about Bishop Watterson High School firing Carla Hale for being a lesbian? There are two front page news items FROM TODAY ONLY where Christians want to force their Dogma on others.

            You made a comment on FA and you acted like what we atheists have come to expect from Christians in so many ways. You made extraordinary claims, but you have no evidence for your claims. You deny what others do “In the Name Of Christ” as being un-Christlike.

            This kind of behaviour doesn’t fuel anti-Christian bigotry, it just further goes to show that Christians are hypocrites, are obfuscators of truth, make up facts without sources, can’t have open dialog involving criticism… and your comments only reinforce this.

            Friar, I am sure you are good person, but your religion gives people
            excuses to act terribly. This is the truth that most of us here have
            come to understand.

            • Booya85

              this is you acting terribly. what an over-loaded presumptuous piece of garbage, and that does not mean I agree with whom you are railing against. – some of the greatest people I personally know subscribe to some sort of faith- I don’t think less of their religion because of how others represent it…. your point of argument is “where are these Christians?”… I got news for you: you can find terrible things in any person, and you don’t even have to look that far….things are pretty foggy up on that pedestal there, better get down and not rely on anecdotal evidence if you want to do our belief system any favors…ugh

          • RobMcCune

            Most Christians are cringing at this behavior.

            Incidents like this are far too common, you’re right most chistians aren’t like this, but far too many are.

          • Artor

            Yes, it’s terribly unfair how the millions of asshole, bigoted Xians give the tiny handful of loving, respectful Xians a bad name.

          • http://www.facebook.com/earl.kirkman Earl Kirkman

            Poor christians don’t never get no breaks, that’s why we have to pretend we are a special race, instead of a beliefs based organization. Friar Don, you are way off base with the B word.

          • James Robbins

            David’s comment contained two sentences, the gist of which are that christians lie and that being a christian is a moral deficit. Both statements are demonstrably true.

          • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

            Hi Friar Don,
            “Cringing” is exactly the problem. It’s done by people who take no action. If the more “Christ-like Christians” to whom you allude would stop just cringing and actually stand up and get into the faces of their hypocritical, bigoted, authoritarian, willfully ignorant, and anti-intellectual brothers and sisters who are so dedicated to reinforcing that stereotype, then there’s be far less to cringe about.

            They’re not going to listen to us. Aulenbacher needs to be thoroughly chewed out by several Christians like you.

      • C Peterson

        She’s already been accepted. No school (certainly not one of Wellesley’s caliber) is going to withdraw a student’s admission without very good reason, and without investigation. There is absolutely nothing this principal could say in a letter, true or false, that places Katelyn’s acceptance in any jeopardy.

      • Artor

        Yes, but the Streisand Effect is already in play. Aulenbacher won’t be the only one telling the story.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Patrick/100000027906887 Adam Patrick

      I thought the same thing.

    • Carpinions

      Ya. That threat can be chalked up as a “no you won’t.” It’s an idle threat. Who the F is the principal in the grand scheme of things? Is he on a first name basis with Wellesley Admissions?

    • jdm8

      This sounds a lot like “this is going onto your permanent record” threat that was used at times decades ago. For all I know, it might still be used.

    • Mackinz

      I think they made it much more public than a simple letter.

      In fact, it’s on the blog right now. One big “Fuck you” to the Principal for being a completely retarded douchebag. :D


    • http://www.facebook.com/astucity Kelly Ohl

      Wellsley actually released a statement welcoming her with open arms.


  • Gus Snarp

    Also, I have not paid any consequences for sex with partners who were not permanent and monogamous. No pregnancies, no STDs. Because, you know, condoms and tests.

    • http://www.allourlives.org/ TooManyJens

      Oh yeah? Well, Pam Stenzel says otherwise, and really, who do you think knows more about your life: you, or a total stranger with an ideological agenda? The answer would be clear if only your eyes weren’t clouded by your Godless sinfulness.

      Now, excuse me while I go try to figure out how I paid for having sex with other partners before I was married. Maybe I can take a deduction for that payment somehow?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Judith-Bandsma/1539649418 Judith Bandsma

        I know how I paid…by finding a really good man and having been married to him for almost 40 years. We’ll not go into the years before that. :)

      • Question Everything

        Come on, we just finished tax season. Everyone knows that’s line 19 on the Schedule-XXX attachment you can file with your 1040. Forms available at the IRS website.

      • Gus Snarp

        Oh, wait, I just realize that in Stenzel’s view, I probably shouldn’t expect to pay. I am a man after all, and I’m sure she thinks it’s all women’s fault, women who must be pure, and women who pay the price.

        • allein

          Well I’m a woman and I don’t seem to have paid anything, either. So, I don’t know how that works out…

    • Agrajag

      Right. I had 3 long-term partners before I met my current wife. I had sex with all of them. This far (22 years later) I’ve not suffered from any of that. To the contrary, I had wonderful years full of love. No, they didn’t end up lasting forever, so what. Are all the friendships someone has had which don’t last for life, worthless ? No ? Why then, should love that doesn’t last for life be considered worthless ?

      I count those years among the best years of my life. And I’m friends with all 3 of the women to this day. Where’s the problem ?

  • LesterBallard

    I guess warning the college might work if the student was going to attend Liberty or Bob Jones or Oral Roberts.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      he probably can’t imagine there are any other sorts of universities out there.

    • LesterBallard

      Of course, if she was going to attend any of those “schools”, I guess she wouldn’t have complained about this speaker.

      • rhodent

        Well, it depends. Some people are forced to go to schools like that by their parents (or at least forced to choose between parents paying for one of those schools versus paying for another college on their own and possibly getting kicked out of the ‘rents house as well). But I doubt a person in such a situation would do what Katelyn Campbell is doing.

        • JustSayin’

          My very intelligent and precocious young cousin fell in with the God Brigade and then chose to go to Liberty “University” several years back. I was sorely disappointed. I naturally felt like she was short-changing herself.

  • http://twitter.com/Angelia_Phillip Angelia Phillips

    according to the overly religious sex is a dirty ugly thing and should be saved for someone you love. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/shuteme Randy Shute

      Yes indeed. Like a sister or a mother.

    • NickDB

      No no no, you’ve got it all wrong, sex is something kept for marriage not love.


    • LutherW

      According to me religion is a dirty ugly thing and everyone you love should be saved from it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/earl.kirkman Earl Kirkman

        You are correct, religion is a mental disadvantage in understanding how the world works and how to function in it.

  • Amber C

    I support Katelyn Cambell. She has shown integrity in defending rational knowledge over religious propaganda. The speaker and principal have no place being involved in the education of students in the class room, least of all against their will. The presentation of abstinence as the only option is an insult to the intelligence of GWHS’ youth. It is the school’s responsibility to arm students with critical thinking skills, not prefabricated opinions.

    Good luck in Wellesley, Katelyn.

  • Carpinions

    Stenzel is obviously an unlettered con artist on her subject. Having sex in and of itself does not guarantee transmission of an STD. In fact, proper sex ed would have them be wary of such things before they even engaged, and also taught them about condom use if they still sought sexual engagement.

    It’s an obvious scare tactic to say that sex necessarily means an STD has been transmitted. That’s where the only-1-partner-ever monogamy hook comes in; had sex? Well, the right thing to do now that you’ve soiled yourself for the afterlife is to marry her, pregnancy or not. What I find even perhaps even more offensive than the lies about sex and STDs is the rearing of the ugly head that is the religious notion of “purity”. There is something so sinister and evil about someone who comes to you and tells you you need to “cleanse” yourself and be prepared in some way for the afterlife, and that engaging in certain activities – nay, even being human – is an overt act of impurity. In my mind you can chalk the “purity” thing up with concepts such as “honor” killings; it’s a device to rob you of your humanity, make you ashamed of what you have no choice in being as if it were even a bad thing to begin with, and set an arbitrarily high and ever-raising expectation that someone can never meet by the religion’s own admission. Nothing will raise my hackles like a religious person talking about how “pure” people need to try and keep themselves.

    Also interesting (or not) how she equates the want to not be pregnant with the want to not be infected with an STD. Seems like a cheap but unconvincing ploy to get the newly sexed teens to accept a back-door anti-choice argument, particularly when many STDs are actually life threatening. Does she really think every teen that has had sex hasn’t heard of STDs? I had sex ed classes before I was even a teenager, and in a private religious school no less. The gossip and sex jokes between teens that are common in a school environment would have a hard time not reaching most students by the time they were forced to suffer this woman’s lies.

    The last item I’ll note is the “life’s record book” idea – another scare tactic – that was pushed on me in my religious school when I was a kid, and how Stenzel and the principal (in name only) are using that tactic to scare Ms. Campbell into submission with it. For anyone that may not have been privy to such an insidious lie as this one, it has your educational guides (usually, in my case) warning you about stepping out of particular lines – sexual, educational, etc. – because later in life someone is going to read out about it in a record of your life (who exactly is keeping this record and where it is is never explained), and it’s not going to work out well for you. I remember being told this crap in grade school. Oh you better get an A on this term paper because the grade goes into the big book of (insert your name)’s life, and someone 25 years from now is going to see that and not (insert one or more positive life opportunities). These two people are almost flashbacks for me.

  • houndies

    Unbelieveable! Had the principal actually followed thru with his threat, she should have sued him for slander. With backward hillbilly teachers like that, it’s surprising they learn anything at all at school.

    • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

      I Am Not A Lawyer. However, my understanding is that putting the claims in writing would make them libel, rather than slander. Furthermore, that would only apply if his reports were inaccurate on the facts of what she did, as truth is a sovereign defense against both.

      Contrariwise, there might be problems with FERPA — unauthorized disclosure of student records.

      Nohow, from the anecdotes I’ve heard about Wellesley, it’s more likely his complaints would get her a scholarship than cost her admission — which in turn would also preclude defamation, as you can’t be defamed if the result is to your reputation’s immediate benefit rather than harm.

  • Kirby_G

    I love how “telling people what I did” is “backstabbing” in the principal’s mind.

    • http://twitter.com/Don_Gwinn Don_Gwinn

      Yes, exactly this! It reminds me of some very troubled teenagers I work with. It’s never a problem what they *did* to someone, it’s always the fault of whoever “snitched.” They can hit someone, they can torment someone, they can steal, but what matters is that someone didn’t let them get away with it. Their outrage is completely genuine, usually because it’s necessary in order to avoid thinking about their own responsibility.

  • beatonfam

    Don’t you all worry. This is the sort of thing that spurs the sisterhood on not frightens us away. There is already a set of alumnas who are aware of this and consider it a personal mission to insure that Katelyn attends and is supported during her tenure as a student. One simply does not P.O. the sisterhood this way.

  • A3Kr0n

    His threat means nothing if she already went to the media. How can such an idiot be a principal?

  • Yoav

    INAL but can’t the principal’s implied treat, shut up or I’ll ruin your chances in collage, be considered extortion?

    • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

      Not a lawyer either, but possibly misdemeanor extortion under state law. No money, so no felony.

      Doesn’t look like there’s a federal law with clear fit.

      • Artor

        No money, but I’m sure he was intending that she lose scholarship money, and eventually earning potential, so maybe a lawyer could make a case for that?

        • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

          Since the principal would not himself receive the benefit she could have lost, so it probably doesn’t count for extortion.

          Further, his intent is very likely to backfire in his face hard enough to end up with her getting a larger scholarship from someone or other. If she benefits thereby rather than being harmed, I think that might well remove it from “actual controversy”. Though a defense of abject (and the exact opposite of criminal) incompetence might be pretty amusing.

    • http://twitter.com/LeahRaeder Leah Raeder

      Even if there’s no way to pursue him legally, the guy needs to be fired, now.

  • Tak

    I have had tons of premarital sex and never contracted an std or pregnancy. This is because my parents gave me responsible sex education and I use birth control. To its credit my school was fairly decent about giving education on how to use condoms and other contraceptives. Had to get a permission slip to attend though.

    • allein

      I must have been lucky…I had comprehensive sex ed (no permission slip required) and learned about evolution in biology class and never knew these things were the least bit controversial. My only issue with sex ed in my high school is they did the basic biology and stuff in freshman year, but they didn’t really talk about STDs, contraception, teen pregnancy, and yes, even abortion, until senior year, and frankly, that’s too late for a lot of kids.
      The only time I remember encountering any inkling of controversy was when one of my classes visited the women’s health center at the hospital; on the way there our teacher told us that they couldn’t answer any questions about abortion (because they got federal money) and if we had any questions we could ask her on the bus on the way back to school, or in class the next day. (And this wasn’t a health class; it was basically a child development class where we ran a preschool for the second half of the year.)

  • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

    If Pam Stenzel really was a counsellor, I pity her clients.

  • Rain

    and what a backstabber you are?

    Wow it sounds like their principal is about 15 years old. Maybe he saw too much Twighlight movies. He needs to cut back a little on the Justin Beiebers concerts.

    • Rain


      • http://twitter.com/LeahRaeder Leah Raeder

        Justin Bieber

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    “How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?”

    Basically, “we screwed up and did something completely unethical and unconstitutional, but how dare you point that out and not let us get away with it.”

    How exactly is what she doing showing that she has bad character? If I was a college I would think that this shows she has excellent character.

  • Mario Strada

    Maybe I should have asked this guy to write a recommendation letter for my daughter. Were I an admission officer I would thing that anyone this guy disapproves would be an excellent candidate for a higher learning institution.

  • DougI

    Pfft, had plenty of sex partners and I’ve never paid any of them. Never got a STD either, probably because I never received any abstinence education so I knew what I was doing.


    The principal’s outlook is simply authoritarian and has nothing what so ever to do with morality.

  • busterggi

    Heaven forbid allowing someone who thinks to enter college!

  • WallofSleep

    “If you have sex outside of that context, you will pay. No one has ever had more than one partner and not paid.”

    Shit! Was I supposed to put that on my 1099? I don’t want the IRS coming after me for it.

  • kielc

    E-mail the idiot of a principal and tell him what you think of this outrageous behavior!

  • Sue Blue

    I’m so pleased that more and more young people are standing up to this bullshit and taking action. Katelyn deserves a medal! Is there any way we can help this young lady out and let her know we support her? And how about letting the school and Auerbach know that we support the Constitution and Katelyn and this bullshit won’t be tolerated?

    • kielc

      His e-mail address is in my comment below. Email the prick and let him know what you think. I just did.

      • Sue Blue

        Thanks! I just gave Auerbach an earful.

  • Wild Rumpus

    According to ratemyteachers.com, Auerback is considered quite an asshole anyways…


  • Artor

    Oh please, Mr. Aulenbacher, do go ahead and talk to Wellesley. My sister has her degree from there, and as a long-established women’s college, they take such things very seriously. Katelyn would be welcomed with great pomp & open arms for taking her stand. Aulenbacher should be fired for being a fucking idiot, let alone his misuse of his position.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eddie-Vroom/100001026398736 Eddie Vroom

    Teaching things to children that we simply know to be untrue is tatamount to abuse.

  • indorri

    Fucking fire the principal and bar him from working in education for the rest of his life.

    Thrice damned bullies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Stout/100000008388659 Mark Stout

    Please clean up the article; Stetzel and her funders are not Christians.

    • http://www.allourlives.org/ TooManyJens

      Are you sure? Are non-Christians even allowed to go to Liberty University?

  • beatonfam

    No worries, my friends. Wellesley has been in touch with Katelyn and is welcoming her with open arms. You can check their official/adminstration run facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/WellesleyCollege. As I said before, you don’t mess with the sisterhood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-W-Busch/578120211 Michael W Busch

    Shared from my friends who went to Wellesley:

    “Katelyn Campbell, #Wellesley is excited to welcome you this fall. bit.ly/13jqRet”

    https://twitter.com/Wellesley/status/324624597012074496 . Impressive backfire on that threat.

  • johnlev

    Here’s a audio recording of the event on youtube. http://youtu.be/OLuPimugG2s

  • Tainda

    Yeah, I paid…

    With a lot of orgasms

  • dedricstarks

    I applaud the girl that stood up to the principal and to the speaker.!

  • Sia

    Listening to the audio…somehow I doubt this presentation is effective. I would have tuned out a speaker who yells and shames people entirely when I was a teenager.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=723924691 Matthew Tanner

    Points off for not bring about a dozen law suits though.

  • Tsu Dho Nimh

    He then allegedly threatened to call Wellesley College,

    Geee, tell Wellesley college that they have a student coming who is a political activist? Give them the name of a young woman who calls out the authorities when she sees them do something wrong? Because you think Wellesley College would retract her admission?

    That’s gonna work.


  • KenStarr

    To which the only response to the principal’s threat to call Wellesley should have been:
    “You do that and I’ll see you, the school board, and the city in court,
    you ripping asswad.” Or similar. Just sayin’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.pierce.75 Joshua Pierce

    “No one hasever had more than one partner and not paid.”

    I would like to see her research on this one, because the majority of people I know have had multiple partners and haven’t had any instance to “pay” due to those relationships.

    This woman is a hateful, pushy bigot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662168091 Rebecca Davis-Nord

    Hooray for Katelyn. Americans United for Separation of Church and State honors her in today’s blog: https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/sex-scandal-brave-w-va-student-challenges-inaccurate-sexuality-lecture

  • Sagan Hill

    To listen to this video you would think its coming from an uneducated, third world country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.sheehan.5 Justin Sheehan

    I know I’ve got money to throw toward some kind of scholarship fund for this kid. This kid is awesome.

  • http://justdfacsmaam.wordpress.com/ MarkNS

    Here’s the principal’s email address. He might like hearing what sane people have to say about his actions. gaulenbacher@kcs.kana.k12.wv.us

  • http://marn-foundlife.blogspot.com/ standswithagist

    1) West Virginia mandates by law that HIV education, abstinence, AND information on contraceptive use be provided in sex education.

    2) The speaker, Pam Stenzel, is NOT a representative of the government (she was under Bush) and has very little authority to speak on this topic.

    3) Couldn’t the between $3,500 and $6,000 speaker fees Stenzel charges have been put to a better use, say going to supplies or to save endangered programs?

    4) Separation of Church & State: why is an overtly religious speaker being PAID (albeit by private money – also a religious group) to give a speech at a public HS? Smacks of propaganda and the sneaky tentacles of religion snaking itself into where it does not belong by law.

    5) The principal, George Aulenbacher, abused his position of authority and implicit power over one of his vulnerable students and threatened to ruin her future; at the very least he should be censured and at the very most should be fired.

    6) Katelyn Campbell was a model student, Vice-President of her class, and a smart young woman who had caused no “problems” before in her HS career.

    7) Campbell was under implied duress to attend the lecture and because she dared to assert her rights NOT to attend, was disciplined unfairly.

    8) Campbell took recourse outside of the school because she did not have the support she was ENTITLED to within the school.

    9) I admire this brave, outspoken teenager and know she – and by extension, other young people like her – will have a bright future and thus, there is hope for this Nation’s own future with citizens such as she.

    10) Way to go, Wellesley! You ROCK!

  • mayalibre

    The speaker, Stenzel, cannot be a Christian at all. Consider her claim — “I could look any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.” — that’s prognostication, fortune telling, and pure, unadulterated blasphemy. In the Christian belief system NO ONE EXCEPT GOD can see into a person’s head or heart to identify their internal thoughts, feelings, motivations or intentions. And certainly no human can tell another person’s future. Stenzel is asserting that SHE has divine abilities that ONLY GOD has. Atheism aside, any CHRISTIAN should be able to see through her Satanic, megalomaniacal claims. I fault the principal for additionally subjecting his students to this kind of evil.

    • mayalibre

      P.S. I just wrote Stenzel and asked her how she came to have abilities that only God has and if there’s a story about it that she would be willing to share.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

        I’d love to know if she responds to you and what that response is…

  • ang

    There’s a better way to teach sexuality education; comprehensive & with respect, dignity, & equality for all: http://www.uua.org/re/owl/

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.stough Tom Stough

    What should have been conveyed, is that sexual relationships outside of marriage, are frot with long term implications. It is not just the possible physical consequences. We give of our whole selves when in a sexual relationship. The heart/soul, mind, emotions, and the psychological implications, all are affected. Our self worth is beholden to attack, when engaging in these outside of marrige relationships. God’s design for marriage is a most worthy path to follow.

  • Jerry

    I can’t believe y’all are seriously saying all of these things about Pam. I don’t personally know her, but what she’s says is the truth. Why should teens be having sex anyway? There shouldn’t be safe sex for teenagers. There should be no sex at all. The best way to make sure that you don’t get pregnant is to not have sex. Why should a person be worried about getting pregnant? Pregnancy isn’t something one should have to worry about. Its best to know that you’re married and established, so the pregnancy that follows is a blessing. This just shows how morally corrupt, sexually explicit, and stupid Americans have become. You go Pam!

  • http://www.mariabrophy.com/ mariabrophy

    The Pious Dr. Laura is always talking up the importance of abstinence for everyone, even adults. The irony is that there are nude pictures of her all over the internet that she let her married boyfriend take when she was younger… people who obsess over not having sex are usually obsessed with having it.

  • Stephen DuMont

    If I was at the college when the high school was calling I would say “thanks for letting us know, we have a scholarship for that.”