More than 30,000 people have watched the viral video of Deanna Rabuck's emotional outburst at the contentious OPS school board meeting on Tuesday, where board members planned to discuss proposed changes to the district's sexual education curriculum.
Rabuck told WOWT 6 News she was frustrated with OPS officials for not answering her questions about the proposed changes. She also said while she isn't proud of her outburst, she will do whatever she needs to do to protect the innocence of her five daughters.
Known online as "PurityMom" after emotional comments she made in the video about protecting her children's "purity," Rabuck told WOWT 6 News: "As we grow we have things that we are capable of processing and things that we aren't capable of processing, and protecting the innocence is protecting the things that we aren't able to process."
The sexual education classes at OPS haven't changed in 30 years, and the district is considering adding new lessons. In 6th grade, for instance, students would learn about sexual orientation and gender identity. In 10th grade, classes would cover abstinence along with effective forms of contraception and abortion.
Rabruck told WOWT 6 News: "Those are things I want to talk to my kids about at home."
Megan Hunt recorded the "PurityMom" video. Hunt was also at the meeting. Her daughter is a kindergartner in the OPS system.
Hunt supports the proposed changes to the sexual education curriculum. She told WOWT 6 News: "I really think it's important to give our kids medically accurate, research-based facts in their curriculum, just like we do in all other subjects."
Hunt continued: " Public school is not really a place to teach beliefs or personal values. It's a place for kids to just know facts, facts about the effectiveness of contraception, facts about consent, facts about the LGBT community. These facts belong in public schools because when these kids grow up, that's what they're going to encounter in the world."