Parents reported a teacher gave 4-year-old children a homework assignment on masturbation, prompting an investigation by a British Columbia First Nations school.
It was first reported by Libs of TikTok, a popular social media monitoring platform that the incident happened at T’lisa̱lagi’lakw School in Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, B.C. based on a Facebook post which is now deleted.
According to Libs of TikTok the worksheet is from the book Body Smart: Right From the Start asks kids to “draw a picture of the private places where you can touch your penis or vulva if you want to.”
“Some children like to touch their own private body parts and some children don’t,” the assignment states. “All families have different rules about masturbation (touching your own private parts.) Talk to your trusted grown-ups about your family rules.”
As reported by Libs of TikTok a spokesperson for the school said the “incident is under investigation” but would not comment further.
We have reached out to the principal of T’lisa̱lagi’lakw School for comment
Gender identity and sexuality for young children in schools is not new to Canada, as True North reported last month in April, a Toronto District School Board elementary school recently hosted a “sexuality diversity in children” workshop.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection includes “encouraging a child to masturbate or watch others masturbate” as an example of non-contact sexual abuse.
Although the relevant authorities will have to evaluate whether or not the instructor who provided this homework assignment to the young children was guilty of such an offense, it does raise the question of what precautions against child grooming and sexual abuse are in place in public schools.