Doctor: Teens getting

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Editor's note: The Marshall County Board of Education has scheduled a public hearing Dec. 11 concerning state-mandated "family education" classes to be taught to all Marshall County eighth-graders. Fol-lowing is the first of a two-part series on how area residents view the subject of sex education in our schools.

By Jenny Carter

Staff Writer

Dr. Ed Shackelford has some strong opinions about sex education.

Shackelford is a family practice physician in Lewisburg. He did his residency in inner city Birmingham, Ala., where he took part in extensive studies about teenage pregnancy, STDs and other high-risk behavior.

He has definite ideas about decreasing Marshall County teenage pregnancy rates.

"They need more information," Shackelford said. "And I think most kids, when given all the information, will make a better decision than giving them part of it and leaving the rest of it a mystery to them. So, then they want to find out. How do they find out? From their 17-year-old friends. Bad, bad information."

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