Abortion message surprises educators.
LARGO - The banquet room at the Largo Cultural Center buzzed last week with children excited to be free from classes for an hour to attend Career Day, sponsored by the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce.Showing anatomically correct fetal models to middle school students amounts to an "antiabortion message"?
They stopped at the police department's table to see the gas mask and the gun that shoots rubber bullets.
They looked at the fire department's lifesaving equipment.
And they glanced at the booths with brochures about health care and banking jobs.
But one exhibit aroused curiosity and even revulsion in some of the Largo Middle School students. On a table at the Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County booth were four naked dolls set in a row, each a little bigger than the last. They had tiny eyes, fingers and toes.
"These are fetal models at seven to 10 weeks old," said April Hymen, the center director, who was operating the booth. "They are actual size and development."
Unbeknownst to chamber officials, teachers and the Largo Middle principal, the center had brought its antiabortion message to students during the event, a violation of Pinellas County schools rules. The students ranged in age from 11 to 13.