"Sex is an emotion in motion" - Mae West
Here we are in 2011. Mixed boarding schools face considerable challenges when faced with parental responsibility in the form of loco parentis, in modern day Britain where sex 'n' drugs feature fairly prominently in the lives of many adolescents today.
Teenage pregnancy is obviously a big concern for any school's Board of Governors. But realistically, what message does the expulsion of two young people send out to those around them? What does it say about relationships?
To my mind, it gives out a very clear signal: that these must be pushed out of sight, and underground, not to be acknowledged let alone explored in order that those in them receive the support they may need and certainly deserve.
What else does this seemingly rather arbitrary decision announce? On inspection, the School's 'Code of Conduct' seemed extremely ambiguous, and particularly vague around 'Intimate Relations' warning that any pupils found in a locked room (including rather smaller spaces, such as broom cupboards, one presumes) or in a state of a partial undress may be liable to be expelled. This couple were not discovered. Enquiries were made of them, and they were assured that there would be no consequences should they tell the truth. They did so, and have both since been asked to leave.
So much for the grandly entitled Personal and Social Health Education curriculum. Surely this is precisely what's lacking at a school who refuses to have this couple as part of their student body. Appropriate and sufficient education about real life issues encountered by teens including relationships and sexuality are, I fear, still woefully lacking in a great many educational environments.