Homecoming King & Queen Candidates Get Banned From Dance for Promoting Safe Sex

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condomsIn another sign that doing the right thing can get you in trouble, two kids have been banned from attending their high school homecoming dance over a bunch of condoms. Montana Fulkerson and Dalton Wiggs were running for the homecoming queen and king positions, and they used safe sex as their platform. Laudable?

Not in the eyes of the officials at Mulberry High School. They've disqualified the teens from participating in the king and queen competition and banned them from the dance.

That's right ... the teens said the condoms they handed out, which came with a message that read, "Wrap these votes up. Tana and Wiggs," were meant to encourage safe sex.

Color me confused, but isn't this a message we want teens to be spreading to one another?

I know what it's like to be a mom who worries what her kid is learning from other kids at school. My daughter has come home saying words we would never say in our home, talking about movies we'd never allow her to watch, and asking questions about topics we weren't quite ready to touch (but were forced into because, hey, she was asking). Sadly, I remember being just like my daughter, hearing things from other kids ... and not all of it good, especially the "information" being touted as "fact" about sex when I was a teenager.

Kids tell one another a lot of awful stuff in the name of "educating" one another about sex ed, and I'd be lying if I didn't admit that my kid might listen to it ... and believe it. It's why I believe in educating our kids at home about sex ed, starting when they're fairly young.

Which is exactly why we need more kids like Montana Fulkerson and Dalton Wiggs, kids who are sharing good messages with their peers rather than more myths and innuendo.

It's why we need schools to give kids like these a slap on the back, to encourage more kids to be like them ... rather than terrorizing them with bans from social activities for doing a social good.

What would you have done if your kid brought home a condom given out by another kid at school?


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Movie... Moviebuff

They shouldn't get banned stupid school they need to pull their head out of their asses.

the4m... the4mutts

Idk... some kids at my high school did something similar, mostly to be funny. When they were caught, they claimed to be promoting safe sex (which our school officials were a fan of) but really, they were just being lewd. Since I am not these kid's parents, I cant say for sure how I feel about this situation

redK8... redK8blueSt8

the4mutts, that's my first thought too.

It wasn't promoting safe sex, it was using sexual humor and innuendo to get a laugh and votes. Making a joke of sex isn't exactly commendable.

Katha... Katharine205

Teaching sex ed is one thing, but handing out condoms to kids? Are you f-ing kidding me? It's highly inappropriate to be handing out condoms to your classmates and they should be banned. It's high school, not a fraternity.

Shandi80 Shandi80

 These kids weren't promoting "safe sex", they were promoting sex. And not all teens in high school have sex, so I can see why this would be a problem. Also...it's kind of a trashy way of campaining for homecoming queen/king. 

nonmember avatar April

I dunno. I'd rather my kids got free condoms at school and have them handy than to not have condoms at all and be too embarrassed to buy them (yeah, I know if they are mature enough to have sex, they are mature enough to buy condoms. But I also know kids minds don't work that way). If it was a safe sex platform, than they shouldn't have been banned from it. If it was all just a lewd joke then I can see it.

Brain... BrainyMommy

I'd rather my kids received free condoms from trained health care workers, not from other kids. 

MamaD... MamaDV1012

I'd have had a fit over this.  The kids are lucky they only have to miss the dance. 

erica-3 erica-3

I agree with you, brainymommy. No telling what they could do to those condoms. I'm not sure if banning them from the dance was the right thing, though. I guess it depends on their true intentions. I wouldn't be angry if this happened at my kids high school. If they actually had intentions of having sex, I'd be relieved that they were at least trying to be safe. I won't be encouraging them or allowing them to do it at my house, but I know from experience that when kids that age really want to do something, they WILL find a way. Unless of course you are attached to your kid literally 24/7, which is pretty much impossible. I hope they wait until they're older, but if not, I absolutely want them to do what they can to be safe.

KacieLu KacieLu

Some places keep condoms behind the counter, and won't sell them to kids under 18. I made the offer to get condoms for my little sister and her friends, prefacing it with "sex should probably wait till you are ready for kids", but I'd rather them have condoms, know how and why to use them, then be sheltered and just be told that sex is bad, mmkay?

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