Parents upset after school took students to adult novelty shop

Jun 6, 2015
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WCCO/CNN) – A Minnesota man says his 9-year-old daughter was taken to an adult novelty store by her school.


All three of his daughters went to the store after a month-long sex education class.

The store sells books on sexuality. It also sells adult toys.

So the Floyd family pulled their daughters, ages 9, 11 and 13, from Gaia Democratic School.

In this letter sent to principal Starri Hedges and the Gaia board, Lynn Floyd said, “we feel that the bond of trust between parent and educator has been irrevocably damaged.”

Floyd says his girls along with several other minor aged children were allowed to tour the store, interact with staff and purchase sexual products.

He learned about the trip from his children after they had been traumatized by products, discussions and images he say they were exposed to.

In a statement, Smitten Kitten owner, Jennifer Pritchett, says her store is an educational resource about sex and sexuality for the community

“We leave it up to the discretion of parents and guardians as to when, and in what capacity they seek resources from our educators,” she said.

School officials did not return calls.

Floyd says all he wants is an investigation into the decision-making process that allowed the field trip to an adult novelty store for minors without specific parental consent.

Inspectors say because adult material was on display, minors should not have been exposed to it.

Smitten Kitten will not be fined, but the store has been told to fix the violations.


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