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A West Virginia high school student is filing an injunction against her principal, who she claims is threatening to punish her for speaking out against a factually inaccurate abstinence assembly at her school. Katelyn Campbell, who is the student body vice president at George Washington High School, alleges her principal threatened to call the college where she’s been accepted to report that she has “bad character.”

George Washington High School recently hosted a conservative speaker, Pam Stenzel, who travels around the country to advocate an abstinence-only approach to teen sexuality. Stenzel has a long history of using inflammatory rhetoric to convince young people that they will face dire consequences for becoming sexually active. At GW’s assembly, Stenzel allegedly told students that “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.” She also asserted that condoms aren’t safe, and every instance of sexual contact will lead to a sexually transmitted infection.

Campbell refused to attend the assembly, which was funded by a conservative religious organization called “Believe in West Virginia” and advertised with fliers that proclaimed “God’s plan for sexual purity.” Instead, she filed a complaint with the ACLU and began to speak out about her objections to this type of school-sponsored event. Campbell called Stenzel’s presentation “slut shaming” and said that it made many students uncomfortable.

GW Principal George Aulenbacher, on the other hand, didn’t see anything wrong with hosting Stenzel. “The only way to guarantee safety is abstinence. Sometimes, that can be a touchy topic, but I was not offended by her,” he told the West Virginia Gazette last week.

But it didn’t end with a simple difference of opinion among Campbell and her principal. The high school senior alleges that Aulenbacher threatened to call Wellesley College, where Campbell has been accepted to study in the fall, after she spoke to the press about her objections to the assembly. According to Campbell, her principal said, “How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?” Campbell alleges that Aulenbacher continued to berate her in his office, eventually driving her to tears. “He threatened me and my future in order to put forth his own personal agenda and make teachers and students feel they cant speak up because of fear of retaliation,” she said of the incident.

Pam Stenzel & George Aulenbacher, Think Progress 41 Comments [4/21/2013 8:10:51 AM]
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Teaching abstinence as an option is fine, teaching abstinence only and wrapping it in language and attitude that's thinly veiled religious dogma is the mark of a scumbag.

The ACLU is going to have a field day with this.

Slander? Defamation of Character?

4/21/2013 8:17:36 AM


Conservatives have this fundamental problem of believing that everyone needs to think like them, act like them, look like them and believe the same things they believe.

In other words they're self-righteous assholes. Where are this girl's parents in all this? The principal is lucky they haven't torn him a new one. I certainly would have.

4/21/2013 8:46:36 AM


Huh, damn, my brother almost went to that high school. Lucky him dodging that, I guess.

4/21/2013 8:57:46 AM


I hope the principal gets nailed for this one. Also he wants to say the student has bad character yet sees nothing wrong with what Stenzel is doing which is far worse. The words of Stenzel and actions of Aulenbacher speaks volumes about them as people.

4/21/2013 8:59:51 AM

Arctic Knight

From the "My beliefs are so unsubstantiated that I have to bully teen age girls who don't agree with me" files.

4/21/2013 9:00:44 AM


For the feel-good ending:


4/21/2013 9:07:43 AM

Oh, this is going to be good.

4/21/2013 9:21:43 AM


This is gonna backfire so hard on that school, and I'm sure the college will reply "Fuck off" if he calls, since I'm sure they'll see this.

4/21/2013 9:39:51 AM

God's plan for "sexual purity" is for women to get raped in a war, and then for the women to be forced to marry their rapists and never be able to separate from them.

Fuck God's plan.

4/21/2013 10:06:03 AM

Old Viking

A revealing look at the principal's principles.

4/21/2013 10:15:28 AM


ACLU, don't let me down.

4/21/2013 10:56:10 AM

Wellsley College to George Aulenbacher: Oh, wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder.

4/21/2013 11:10:08 AM

Homeschool Hero

*cracks knuckles* Alright, it's go time.

First off, Pam Stenzel is an absolutely awful human being for the bile she is spreading to high school students. Telling someone that their mother probably hates them for using birth control is a horrific thing to do, especially considering that some teenagers listening to her may have low self-esteem as is. The rest of her garbage is equally repugnant, with her alleged ability to identify promiscuity on sight and claims that all sex leads to STDs. Apparently she forgot that if no one in history ever had sex, she wouldn't even be alive, because that's how children are made!

Mr. Aulenbacher is just as bad, threatening a girl's future just because she does not agree with his views. Only the most narrow-minded fools would feel that they need to threaten a teenage girl and make her cry to make a point, and the only point that he made was that he is an ignorant person with no respect for others. Someone as narrow-minded and cruel as George Aulenbacher has no place in the school system, which is meant to allow young minds to develop, not force them into a single worldview that their overbearing principal subscribes to.

Seriously, thank God I was homeschooled so that I didn't have to put up with any bigoted morons like Stenzel and Aulenbacher!

4/21/2013 12:10:52 PM

Wykked Wytch

Just FYI, Ms. Campbell received a tweet from Wellesley College that she was unconditionally accepted to the college, so there is no risk of her being expelled.

4/21/2013 12:19:21 PM

Homeschool Hero

@Wykked Wytch

Good to hear that there are still some decent people in the world. Good on Wellesley!

4/21/2013 12:22:13 PM


Another school wasting taxpayer money on religious programming. Parents, keep an eye on the "motivational" speakers and musical groups your kids' school hires.

4/21/2013 12:34:44 PM


Lie about safe sex and you get it done unsafely.

4/21/2013 12:48:30 PM

Liberal Christian

Another example of why Christians are seen as intolerant, anti-science bigots.

4/21/2013 1:13:55 PM

Pule Thamex

These villains, Aulenbacher and Stenzel, would appear to sully the good name of George Washington.

4/21/2013 1:33:11 PM


Aulenbacher threatened to call Wellesley College

Principal Aulenbacher certainly doesn't know very much about Wellesley College, does he?

Make that call, by all means. They'll give Campbell a full scholarship.

She'd get one at Vassar and Radcliffe too.

Principal Aulenbacher must live in a very small private world.

4/21/2013 3:12:00 PM


Katelyn Campbell, who is the student body vice president at George Washington High School, alleges her principal threatened to call the college where she’s been accepted to report that she has “bad character.”

If the college acts on that information from the Principal, she can probably sue the him for libel. My company and most other Fortune 500 companies turned over referencing to independent reference services in order to avoid this liability. The services only provide verification of employment - they won't even say if the person was fired. The Principal is a moron who will get the school board (and the local taxpayers) sued for millions and lose his job.

4/21/2013 3:42:54 PM

Martha Jones

The only way to be safe from anything is to not be born, actually.

4/21/2013 3:46:00 PM


This is why teachers and principals shouldn't get tenure. That ought to be reserved for professors.

Props to Katelyn Campbell for standing up to such people, in my school days we just made fun of our teachers into their faces when they said something stupid or utterly ignorant.

“How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?”
Backstabber? Dude, she's your student not your loyal subject. She owes you nothing, even if you were a better person, she'd owe you nothing at all. You get paid, that and if you chose the right job some gratification, that is all you get.

4/21/2013 4:34:56 PM


Lawsuit City, dead ahead

4/21/2013 5:25:34 PM


"Backstabber"!? She doesn't owe you one thing, Principal Assholebacher. On the other hand, you owe her and her fellow students a quality education, since this is what you're paid to provide, and you have been badly and wilfully failing at that. Go fuck yourself with a giant cactus covered in Habanero sauce...

4/21/2013 6:31:07 PM

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