Condom distribution policy starting in elementary school at Provincetown, Mass.
Tuesday, June 22nd 2010, 3:48 PM
Plowman/GettyA school committee in Provincetown, Mass. has adopted a condom policy beginning as early as elementary school.
That’s because the school committee has unanimously adopted a condom distribution policy beginning as early as first grade.
According to the Provincetown Banner, the program requires that students speak to a school nurse or trained counselor before receiving condoms.
The committee also directed school leaders not to honor demands from parents who object to their kids receiving protection.
Some members on the committee were wary because the program requires that students speak to school officials first.
But Beth Singer, the school’s superintendent, said she wanted to guarantee younger students get information on how to use condoms because there is no age limit.
“We’re talking about younger kids,” said Singer. “They have questions they need answered on how to use them, when to use them.”
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at 04:55 on June 24th, 2010
(Unlubricated) condoms make really great water balloons.
at 10:47 on June 24th, 2010
I guess it is the conservative in me... but I think that circumventing parents is dead wrong. IN America it takes a parents signature to get a Tattoo or ears pierced but one can get an Abortion (in some states) or grab a few condoms. It is poor policy.
at 11:03 on June 24th, 2010
THERE IS NO RATIONAL REASON THAT ANY SCHOOL SHOULD BE GIVING A CONDOM TO KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YET, ANOTHER REASON TO KEEP YOUR CHILD OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS
at 14:25 on June 24th, 2010
How dare any school think that is it okay to overstep the wishes of parents. The job of a school is to educate children not to raise them. Better be glad I am not one of those parents. I'd not only pull my kids out of that school, I'd pack up and move out of that effing town. I call for all parents of those kids to have a staged sick day, keep all your kids home from school to send a message to the school board.
at 16:05 on June 24th, 2010
OMG, what do a 1st grader need with the condom!? This is sending them a wrong messages. We are teaching them its ok to have sex at a young age as long as you use a condom. Plus theres a possibilitie the condom will break and cause you to get pregnant or the STD. Yeah it good that they are having sex ed at the very young age, but shouldnt we encourage kids to wait until marriage to have sex. What are we teaching them about morals and self-respect? Im disappointed in the messages these authority figures are sending to our youth.
at 17:40 on June 24th, 2010
Ya, such a programme will reduce the number of 1st graders having unprotected sex.
Before posting a "report", it would be helpful to have more direct knowledge of the situation. The policy is not as was picked up and spread by the media. While there was no age or grade level specified in the school committee policy, there was no intention of promoting this to elementary school students. Talk radio has jumped on the story, like playing telephone, exaggerating it with every re-telling. Get the facts before spreading third-hand stories. The school committee will be revising the policy to make the age-appropriate specifications clear.
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