Are condoms in schools okay?
Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:14:08 GMT —
A new and controversial policy will be put to the test in Springfield, Massachusetts next month.
Condoms will be coming to the public schools.
It's a move that was approved by the school committee back in april and a change that community health advocates say, is desperately needed.
In Springfield alone, 27-percent of 12 year-olds and more than half of all high school freshmen are already sexually active.
Despite that, many parents believe the policy could give the wrong impression.
"When they issue a condom to these young kids, boys, they're going to go after the girl because the first thing they're going to say is: 'Oh, they gave us condoms--it's O.K. to have sex.'; and I think that's wrong," said Daphne MacDonald.
The policy's goal is strictly to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.