Free Condoms for Middle School Kids Is Just Plain INSANE

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Schools should not be providing condoms to middle schoolers. This seems obvious, no? But not everyone agrees, it seems.

A school committee in Springfield, Massachusetts approved a policy that would make condoms available to kids over the age of 12 as part of a comprehensive reproductive health policy to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

That is one hell of a school supply. Can you imagine this popping up on your school’s “wish list” items? I wonder, will they have to ask the school nurse for condoms? Or maybe they will put them in one of those neat little dispensers in the boys' bathroom.

No questions will be asked. There is no "write your name down so we can call your Mama" policy. It's Springfield, Massachusetts’ very own Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy. It's a license to be promiscuous and experiment sexually. At 12. Fantastic.

These children don't have the social skills and maturity to know how to deal with this. This is wrong and I am floored. Yes, I am lying on the floor passed out typing this post.

As long as children (and they are children) meet the age of consent (12 in Springfield), parents will NOT be informed. They can, however, write a note to opt out, assuming the children even manage to deliver it.

Who the hell are these people? What the hell gives them the right to do this without parental permission? They work for us, right? This is a damn infringement of parental rights if ever I saw one! Thank GOD my kids are going to Catholic school! No way condoms are getting anywhere near that joint. They kick you out if you even think about sex.

Officials say that there's no set age when sexual activity starts and students who ask for condoms will also receive counseling and information on abstinence. Okay, so we are expected to give these tweens condoms and not expect them to think it's okay to experiment? It's like giving them candy and saying not to eat it. They don't have the restraint. Are we going to see an increase in "date" rapes? Junior high boys are going to think since they were given the condoms with adult permission maybe that means free range to have sex with whatever little girl they choose.

This is ridiculous. What next, passing out guns when kids start SECOND grade? Whose brilliant idea was this to give junior high school students condoms? Is there a special brand made to fit children? No way a condom made for a grown man’s junk is going to fit a junior high schooler's penis! I don't have little boys so I don't know how that works but I do feel that by doing this they have made the world a little lot less safe unsafe for little girls.

What's next? Free abortion clinics operating out of the gymnasium at the middle school? Maybe free crack if you make the AB honor roll?

How do you feel about condoms being passed out to junior high students?


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EBee12 EBee12

When the result of condoms not being given out is kids as young as 12 getting pregnant and exposed to STIs, I'd prefer the school pass them out.

Humans, as every living thing, have an innate drive to procreate. This drive begins at puberty, whether adults approve or not. When strong hormones are raging through one's body (even one's 12 year old body) they are very hard to resist. Our society has deemed 12 too young to procreate, but humans were procreating at young ages before society set that standard.

Does this mean we should not teach children our own set of morals? Absolutely not. We should teach our children to behave as we desire. But, the sad truth is, not everyone teaches their children the same things we think and not every child listens to what we teach them.

So, allowing condoms in junior high does not encourage kids to have sex, their hormones are doing a fine job of that. Allowing condoms in junior high gives kids the option to make an informed decision and protect themselves, while engaging in something they are going to do whether it makes our society uncomfortable or not.

nonmember avatar Katie

Yes kids that age should not be having sex but the ones that are should be protected or else MTV will have a new show "12 and pregnant".

jonellg jonellg

Why is it insane? If a kid wants a condom I would rather he/she get one than get pregnant or get an STD. You're insane for thinking not giving them out will prevent sex.

jaxmadre jaxmadre

I don't see the problem. Kids are going to have sex, I'd rather they have free condoms available for students at school, then be too embarassed to ask parents or buy them themselves and end up with STDs or pregnant. 

I don't see a problem with giving kids a safe option. I don't think it promotes sexual activity. Kids aren't going to not have sex because oops they forgot the condom. They're going to do it, and suffer the consequences, and drag everyone down with them. If this helps a handful of students, it's worth it. It's a low-cost option, which if it works even sometimes, pays for itself and then some--significantly over.

This is the next city over from mine. That city NEEDS help. Any help it can get. The teenage pregnancy rate is VERY high. VERY high. And that's just one problem. Springfield, MA is scary!

nonmember avatar Shannon

Would you rather have pregnant middle schoolers? As sad as it is, some kids that young are having sex, and hopefully having access to contraceptives will prevent some of them from getting pregnant or getting an STD.

jaxmadre jaxmadre

And also, if your kid isn't going to have sex anyway - great - having condoms available in their middle school isn't going to change that.
What's insane is probably just how many kids in middle school are having sex. It's hard to imagine, but it isn't a condom's fault. It's not insane that middle schools are making condoms available. It's smart. And it's compassionate.

mamav... mamavaness

I think its smart! My little brother, a freshman in high school, says that kids usually steal them at stores because they dont have money for them. I would SO rather have the students get them for free than stealing them!

Stacey. Stacey.

By not opting out, you ARE giving your permission. I think this is a great idea. The fact that 12 year olds are dealing with pregnancy and STD's means there is a serious problem. Obviously these children's parents are absent in their lives or dont give them much discipline. Unfortunately, all we can do is support these children and show them how to be sexual in a responsible manner (yes, I said responsible, even at 12, these kids obviously arent abstinent, and not giving them condoms wont change that!).

Also, the children have to ask the nurse for them, and get lectured before they are given them. Its' not like they have a basket sitting in a closet where they can be taken freely.

nonmember avatar blh

Kids that young should not be having sex. The thought of it makes me want to throw up. But kids will have sex whether you givebthej condoms or not. And I went to catholic school and plenty of us had sex. Just not in MIDDLE school.

Desir... Desireesmom2011

I think it is a good idea some kids are going to do it with or without condoms, It;s better that they can get them free from school. Hell my best friend lost her virginity when we were in 5 th grade. 


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