Southern California Teacher Judy Rehburg Placed on Leave After Discussing Adult Toys, Sexual Pleasure in Anatomy Class

Southern California Teacher Judy Rehburg Placed on Leave After Discussing Adult Toys, Sexual Pleasure in Anatomy Class

After a video of her instructing a sexually explicit lesson in an anatomy and physiology class was leaked, a teacher in Orange County, California, was put on administrative leave.

According to the New York Post, Judy Rehburg, a physiology and AP environmental science teacher at El Dorado High School, taught students about the role of the prostate in sexual pleasure and talked about sex toys. The lesson was secretly videotaped and then shared on social media.

After learning about Rehburg’s lesson, several parents filed complaints with the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, which can be done through its website, and Rehburg was placed on administrative leave pending the results of the district’s investigation, according to Alyssa Griffiths, the PYLUSD communications director.

“District employees are trusted to exercise professional judgment when deciding whether or not a particular issue is suitable for study or discussion,” Griffiths said. “In the classroom, employees act on behalf of the district and are expected to follow the adopted curriculum, and they should not advocate personal opinions or viewpoints.”

“With that being said, PYLUSD and EDHS will continue to work diligently to ensure that all students are afforded the opportunity to learn in a safe and respectful environment,” said Griffiths.

Several people expressed their support for the teacher on social media after creating an Instagram account (@FREEJUDY) claiming that she was simply responding to questions that students had submitted in an anonymous manner.

On Rehburg’s school website, a syllabus for an anatomy and physiology class mentions a unit on the reproductive system and pregnancy. The syllabus isn’t dated, and it’s unclear whether it represents her most recent lesson plans.

In 2016, the California Board of Education approved statewide comprehensive sex education laws that included inclusivity for health education as part of the California Healthy Youth Act. In 2019, the law was amended to include LGBTQ+ sexual health education.

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