I see the issue is just as big a deal here as it is at Ground Zero – I could hit Rockdale County with a rock from where I’m sitting right now, pretty much.
For those of you not residents of north Georgia, it’s one of our more affluent whitebread suburbs.
The take on the 1996 syphilis outbreak that wound up having over 200 of Rockdale County’s finest high and middle school students treated for STDs has been interesting. If it’s not people complaining that we’re being shown in a bad light, it’s people asking where the children’s parents were when all this was going on.
Of course we’re being shown in a bad light, sex is always a good spicy topic and PBS is getting a lot of attention and making a lot of money off this program. In fact, the show has now been moved from their “educational only” list (where copies are only available to schools and similar buyers, for $54.95) to their retail outlet, where it’s available to anybody with $24.98 + tax and shipping. I’m sure it’s a huge seller.
I agree that children should not be having sex and no one should be exposed to an STD, but I do not understand what all the uproar is about, teens have been having sex since dirt was new and it’s no different now except that some of them can drive nice cars to the hotel rooms they rent with their own credit cards. I also note that some schools in Georgia have on site day care centers and I do not believe that Georgia is unique in that regard.
And mostly the parents were working; most of the activity happened after school and before their folks got home . . . or after their parents had gone to sleep. Of course, none of us adults ever sneaked out of the house when we were kids, either.
It was filmed in Rockdale County . . . but that story could be told anywhere.
In case your local PBS outlet is not like mine (the Frontline story ran at least twice last week and twice next week), see for yourself here: The Lost Children of Rockdale County
You may purchase the program here: Purchase tape online from PBS
your humble TubaDiva
who notes that damn near everything has a Georgia connection