Upon hearing that seven middle school students were busted on school grounds engaging in oral sex, Beloit student service director Joe Kucak felt like he and the district lost a battle between right and wrong.
"I think it's troubling in the sense, the fact that we are here to educate, teach kids, and protect them to be safe and wait until marriage," Kucak said.
Each of the seven students from McNeel and Aldrich middle school served a five day suspension for their involvement. None were expelled. The students and their parents met with a hearing officer, then a county nurse educator, who laid out the health ramifications of their actions.
"These are hard things for students to do because they are talking about real sensitive behavior, so we're making them work in a sense of resolving, making sure that they know every risk factor associated with this type of behavior," Kucak said.
Beloit's school board is now looking into changes in the district's disciplinary code. They're currently reviewing a new draft of the sexual misconduct policy, looking to spell out in black and white that sex of any kind in any school hallway is strictly prohibited.
"We are looking to be more specific with our new code. It is going to specifically address consensual sex in the schools," Kucak said.
Kucak hopes these private acts made very public will open up more parents eyes to the importance of constant communication, and the lurking dangers for their children without it.
"Parents need to be bold in a sense of being open and instructive with their children of any age to discuss these sensitive issues, and I think that's difficult for a lot of parents to do. I'm a father of an adolescent myself," Kucak said.
It’s a delicate issue brought to the surface, an issue Beloit district leaders look to tackle in the coming weeks.