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Oregon school district orders staff to report student sexual activity

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A school district in Salem, Oregon, is getting attention after teachers and staff there were recently told that when they learn or suspect a student is sexually active, they must report it to law enforcement or state officials.

Some students, teachers and parents are upset with the new requirement at Salem-Keizer School District. An online petition to stop the practice has nearly 2,500 signatures as of Saturday.

KGW reports that the requirement falls under Oregon's mandatory reporting of child abuse laws meant to protect children. Under Oregon law, any person under 18 years old is unable to give consent, so any sexual activity is considered abuse and should be reported. 

Student Kimberly Schott fears the requirement will leave the students without any adult to confide in.

"This leaves students with no one. The students no longer have that safe teacher they can talk to. Instead the students must find a way to be sneaky and hide so that they don't get reported, which could leave to several more issues," Schott wrote on the online petition page.

According to a survey by the Center for Disease Control, more than 40 percent of high school students said they have had sex.

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