JUNEAU COUNTY, Wis. (WTAQ) - Organizers have failed to order a recall election for Juneau County’s chief prosecutor.
Scott Southworth was on the hot seat for telling teachers they could face criminal charges, for following a new state law that requires sex education classes to teach about birth control.
Recall organizers had until 5 p.m. Monday to file almost 2,100 petition signatures – and state officials said nobody filed anything. The treasurer of the recall group, Jennifer Specht of Necedah, said about 1,800 signatures were collected. That was almost 300 short of what they needed to force a special election.
Southworth, a Republican, had said teachers who follow the new sex-ed law could face charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors. He also said it would promote sexual activity, which is illegal for those under 18.
The new law was passed earlier this year. It does not require schools to offer sex education – but that those that do offer it must explain all the options, and not just abstinence. Supporters say the new law is designed to cut down on teen pregnancies.