Outrage as school show ‘banned’ sex education ‘porn cartoon’ to children aged 5

A primary school has shown its young pupils a  sex education video which was deemed so steamy it was removed from sale after a  government minister intervened.

The Living and Growing DVD – branded ‘cartoon  porn’ – has caused uproar around the UK for its graphic sex scenes using cartoon  couples.

In one scene a naked cartoon couple chase  each other around a  bedroom with a feather before having sex, and include an  animated scene of ejaculation.

Controversial: An image from the Channel 4 DVD Living And Growing. The target audience for this film is children as young as eight

Controversial: The Living And  Growing video has angered  many parents

The films include a section aimed at  children as young as five, asking them to name the body parts on a  drawing of  a naked man and woman.

It has received such strong criticism from  parents and even government minister Nick Gibbs that the Channel 4-produced DVD  was removed from sale.

But Westbury Leigh Primary School in  Wiltshire, which bought it before it was withdrawn, has decided to show the film  to its pupils.

The decision has prompted furious Keith  Miller, a governor at the school for 12 years, to quit his role.

Mr Miller, 75, said: ‘Sex education in  schools is essential and I am not against it.

‘But the important thing is the way it is  done, and this film was showing far too much to children at far too young an  age.

'Offensive': Mrs Bullivant withdrew her daughter from the school after the graphic cartoon was shown to a class of seven-year-olds

‘Very graphic': Parents have  objected to the animated video in droves

‘I wanted to see it for myself after  hearing  about the content, which I could have done, but was told I  couldn’t go along to  a showing of the film to parents, which seemed very wrong to me.

‘Unfortunately I missed the session where the  rest of the governors watched the tape,  which is why I wanted to see it with  the parents, so I could talk to  them about it.

‘Since they  said no, I had to find out about  the content of the film myself, being  shown in a school where I was governor.  There’s something very wrong  about that.

‘All the other  governors approved of it  being shown and it was suggested I might like  to abstain when we voted, but I  objected and they went ahead anyway.

Outrage: School Governor Keith Miller who has resigned from Westbury Leigh school over use of a sex education video

Outrage: School Governor Keith Miller who has resigned  from Westbury Leigh school over use of a sex education video

‘I couldn’t agree with that. The film is too  much, too soon.’

Parents at the primary school have also hit  out at its decision to show the film, with some refusing to let their kids watch  it.

Shocked mum Hayley Robinson, 44, refused to  let ten-year-old son Benjamin watch it, describing it as ‘porn’.

She said: ‘In general I thought the film was  age appropriate where it showed how children’s bodies change as they grow  older.

‘But other parts parts concerned me. I felt  it was inappropriate for such young children and amounted to  showing them porn,  so I said I didn’t want my son to see it.

‘I don’t try to hide things from my  children  and I’m no prude, although that is how I was made to feel when  the school told  me my son would be one of the ‘select few’ not watching.

‘I was one of the very few people who  made  it to the viewing, and I think other parents should be aware of  what is being  shown to their children so they can make their own  choice.’

Despite being withdrawn from sale, Wiltshire  Council has defended Westbury’s Leigh’s decision to show it.

A spokesperson said: ‘We don’t recommend  resources to schools but do share details of those that are  available.

‘Individual schools select the resources that  they feel best meet the needs of the pupils.’

Influential politicians, parents and  right-wing religious groups were blamed for the decision to remove the film from  the shelves last month.

But fellow governor Jonathan Burke, who is  also a rector with the White Horse Team Ministry, said Mr Miller was the only  person to vote against showing the film.

He said: ‘We all thought hard about it, but  in the end we felt it was inappropriate material for those age  groups.

‘We took advice from the Salisbury diocese on  it and they recognised the film as a useful resource, and parents have the  option to opt out should they wish to.

‘As with all these things these decisions are  frequently reviewed, but it was the opinion of the governors and the headteacher  that this was the right thing to do.’

One parent, whose daughter saw the video in  another school, decided to take dramatic steps.

Lisa Bullivant, from Legbourne, Lincolnshire,  was so upset by the ‘graphic’ content, she took her daughter out of East Wold  Primary School and placed her with another school in 2010.

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