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ENCORE: Patch Poll - Should Condoms be Made Available to Students in School?

One Massachusetts school district just took a step toward making condoms accessible to students as young as 12 years old. Should schools be providing protection?

We're running an encore of this week's Patch Poll regarding whether or not schools should be providing condoms for sexually-active students. Take a minute to weigh-in with your comments in the space provided at the bottom of this article.

Officials in one Massachusetts school district recently voted in favor of a policy that would allow students as young as age 12 access to condoms from a school nurse. 

The Springfield School Committee in Springfield, Mass., voted unanimously last week in favor of a health program aimed at promoting "safe sex, preventing sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy."

What do you think? Should condoms be available in schools? Why or why not?

The program would mean condoms would be available to students as young as 12 years old. Distributed by a school nurse, students who requested the contraceptive would also be counseled on proper use and storage of the prophyllactic, as well as abstinence.

The proposal still has some way to go before being implemented in the Springfield, Mass. school system but overall, district officials seem to be in favor of it.

What do you think? Should condoms be available in schools? Why or why not?

Stephen Schmidt March 20, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Hmmm?
Stephen Schmidt March 20, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I understand your drinking analogy but I don't think it's quite the same. Just because you provide a condom to a student doesn't mean they automatically are going to have sex, as I can readily attest to as a former unpopular, awkward, nerdy (you get the picture) high school student. I would more compare it to taking the keys away from a teen who is already drinking so they don't then go and ruin their lives by doing something stupid. You aren't providing the means for the misbehavior, you're protecting the kids from themselves. And yes, I know that should be the main job of parents, but why not provide some additional support? There was a teen from my hometown of Solon (hardly an urban area) who got pregnant and ended up in denial because she apparently didn't feel like she could tell her parents about it. Well this ended up with her panicking and throwing her baby down a garbage chute, and with her in jail in Florida. Would condoms or outside counselling have prevented this? Maybe, maybe not. But how can it hurt to provide kids with additional resources in a pretty confusing time in their lives? But I'd be interested to hear more about why you feel tax payers shouldn't pay for this, as I think that's an interesting conversation to have.
Kurt B. March 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM
To Jody : lots of good comments on here and some real odd ones. It still seems odd that we would be proposing to give kids something free for doing something they shouldn't be doing. In this case, condoms. Do we also propose to supply the cinnamon for those who want to do that ? No. It might help if some of the writers here were to volunteer one weekend to cleanup the h.s. parking lot. Our group did that a few years ago and saw everything imaginable in the parking lot. Lots of fast food wrappers, of course, but also way too many cigarettes, condoms, misc clothing articles, a wallet , crushed cell phones. vodka containers of about 3 or 4 different sizes........
Jules Walker April 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Yes, definitely. You cant stop them from having sex, but you can make it a little easier for them to prevent STD's and teenage pregnancies. Sex is so popular everywhere that it's sending the wrong signal to our youth.
Matthew Georges July 05, 2012 at 07:03 AM
I am sure there are PLENTY of organizations that would donate said condoms.

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