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New junior high class to educate students on sex issues

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Sex education has been taught in High School for years but now the subject is being talked about at an earlier age.

 "To lower the percentage of teen pregnancy, we got to get them at an early age," said MacArthur Jr. High Health Teacher Jim Hodges.

This is why MacArthur feels prevention should start in Junior High.

 "Thirteen to fourteen year olds are the perfect age because they are starting to understand," Hodges said.

 In the world we live in now, sex can be seen and heard just about anywhere.

 "Sex is everywhere it's everywhere we turn its TV, music, internet, phones," Hodges said.

 Both MacArthur and Annie Camp Jr. High have teamed up with UAMS to visit once a week to help advocate abstinence and preach prevention.

 "I don't think we can get a better education than having a doctor from our community stand up for the students and explain to them the consequences of what could happen," Hodges said.

 They're hoping students take in the information to prepare them for situations they may come across in the future.

 "That when the situation occurs, that they think before they act," Hodges said.

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