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The idea of handing out condoms to students is already controversial. Heck, the idea of teaching about condoms is controversial in some areas. But for some really inspired controversy, how about giving out condoms in elementary schools? Let the debate begin!
This fall in Provincetown, Massachusetts, students in kindergarten through 5th grade can ask their school nurse for condoms. Kids who do so will have to go through a questioning process and counseling session about abstinence, risks of sexual activity, etc. And the nurse does have the discretionary right to say no. However, the idea that elementary school aged children might be having sex in the first place horrifies many parents, as well as the new possibility that they might be provided condoms by their school – without parental notification.
Debate rages on many fronts – should condoms be available at school, especially an elementary school, at all? Should parents have the right to be notified if their child has requested contraception? If kids are going to be sexually active, is it better that they are protected, no matter what their age? Or does this measure make it too easy for children to engage in early sexual activity?
Comment below and let us know what you think!
For more information, see the original articles here:
- “Should Elementary Schools Give Condoms to Students? Provincetown, Mass Thinks So.”
- “Massachusetts Town to Rethink School Condom Policy”