"She does this for a living. She goes all over the country, and if she just stood there passively, she wouldn't be heard."
Believe in West Virginia is a faith-based organization dedicated to "improving the economic attitude and future of West Virginia through biblical guidance and dogged determination," according to the group's website.
While Stenzel is a Christian speaker, Aulenbacher said she knew not to talk about religion during the school's assembly.
In the audio recording, while talking about infidelity, Stenzel says, "One of my favorite pastors said every couple that comes to my church to get married, he asks, 'Are you having sex or living together?'
"If yes, you have both told each other by your behavior that you are perfectly comfortable having sex with someone you're not married to," she said. "Weddings don't fix that. You already decided it."
Kanawha County Board of Education President Pete Thaw said the incident has him thinking it's time to better monitor what speakers principals are bringing into their schools, regardless of whether they're sponsored by a private donor or not.
"Frankly, we don't have any say over it. It's been my policy to let principals run their schools," he said. "We give them the responsibilities and, if we do that, we should give them some of the authority. But apparently they're not as careful at screening these people.
"We've got to be careful. We don't know what we're getting -- there's so many nutcases out there anymore.
"I know other board members did not know she was coming, and it's something we need to talk about."
Weikle said that while the state provides the framework for what lessons to teach when it comes to sex education, it's up to the counties to decide how to follow through.
"There's a possibility that feeling uncomfortable about certain topics is why the curriculum is not as comprehensive as it's supposed to be, but we have no way of knowing [if] that's true or not," she said. "We don't monitor. Our role is to make sure we have the content and objectives. It's a local decision to decide the instructional strategy."
While students in West Virginia learn about growth and development as soon as kindergarten, reproductive-health and sex-ed classes don't start until fifth-grade and older.
"Many times, the big focus is on goal-setting and decision making -- that's your foundation because, from there, we deal with all the misbehaviors," Weikle said. "That's where you start."
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