Seaside to allow teen sex education conference

Seaside city council will uphold contract with Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference

A woman speaks at a city council meeting in Seaside Ore., Dec. 8, 2014. (KOIN 6)
A woman speaks at a city council meeting in Seaside Ore., Dec. 8, 2014. (KOIN 6)

SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Seaside will not go back on its contract to host a controversial sex education conference for teens, the city council decided Monday night.

Seaside City Council held an executive session to discuss cancelling its contract with the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference, after citizens called for an end to the event.

Read the KOIN 6 investigation into the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference

A current contract allowing the conference to continue one more year at the Seaside Convention Center will be upheld.

Seaside Mayor Don Larson said the council will uphold the contract on the advice of their attorney.

“On the advice of legal council this council is taking no further action,” he said.

Seaside’s mayor and council have received substantial emails and phone calls regarding the conference.

Chris Bridgens, who attended the council meeting, is concerned.

“I think when parents learn what’s really going on in there they’re going to say ‘no my child is not going to attend,'” Bridgens said.

When asked, Larson said he would not send children to the conference, but “that’s not the point at all,” he said.

Brad Victor, one of the people in charge of the conference, is no longer working for the Oregon Department of Education, after 14 of the 16 schools that attended the conference will not send students to the conference next year.

Pleasant Hill and Clatskanie school districts have yet to decide.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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