Aulenbacher said he asked the school nurse to research Stenzel's message to make sure it aligned with the state Department of Education's sex-education policy, which promotes comprehensive lessons including focuses on both abstinence and birth control.
Campbell said she was never taught in health class about birth control, just about abstinence. When she asked about other options, she was told to read the textbook, but the text only vaguely mentioned condoms, she said in court Tuesday.
Aulenbacher said students were not forced to listen to Stenzel and that no assemblies are mandatory. Campbell did not attend the assembly, but said she listened to the recording and heard numerous complaints from students.
GW teachers were informed about Stenzel's assembly via a flier promoting her message of "God's plan for purity"; the flier was not distributed to students, Aulenbacher said.
Campbell said a teacher contacted her the night before the assembly with concerns because she thought she, in her capacity on the student council, had the right to know.
Aulenbacher said he heard few complaints in the days immediately following the assembly but said Ankur Kumar, junior class president, approached him before the assembly with concerns.
Kumar was adamant about the assembly and sternly demanded, "You will show both sides of this," Aulenbacher said.
Aulenbacher said he threatened to call Kumar's parents and have him suspended because he was questioning his authority and disturbing students trying to get to class.
"I said, 'I'm the principal,'" he said.
But when Kumar took the stand on Tuesday, he said he has never felt threatened by Aulenbacher and did not want to see him resign. He said "conversations often get heated" between him and Aulenbacher because he brings the student council's concerns to him frequently.
"He takes an active rule in his students' lives," Kumar said.
Campbell said she didn't take up her issues with Aulenbacher because of Kumar's conversation with him.
"I already knew his opinion. It wasn't going to do me any good," she said.
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