6th Graders Given Free Condoms in School Whenever They Want Them
by Jeanne Sager
Tough question time: how would you feel if someone gave your sixth grader a condom? Would it change your mind if the child asked for birth control? That's what will happen in an Oregon school next fall.
Kids in grades six and up will be able to go to a teacher and make a request for a condom. The cost of the birth control will be covered by the district.
Shocked? Don't be.
The Gervais School District isn't going about this willy-nilly. Kids who ask for a condom will have to talk to someone on staff about sex ed. Only then will they get their hands on a foil packet.
A perfect answer? Not even close.
But is there a perfect answer to how we deal with kids and sex? Even the most savvy of parents, folks who have read all the books and asked all the appropriate experts, can fumble on the one-yard line because, hey, these are our kids, and kids + sex = scary business for parents.
The fact is, most sixth graders are not ready for sex. BUT if they are having sex, isn't it much better for them to be having safe sex?
Think of it this way: girls are hitting puberty at an increasingly young age in America, and with that comes the potential for pregnancy at a much younger age. No one wants a pregnant sixth grader. No one.
Not to mention STDs can happen at any age if you're sexually active and not practicing safe sex.
Granted, parents should want to take care of the sex talk and any providing of birth control themselves. Hence it may seem like the school is usurping a parent's power here.
But good parents will do this, and likely few parents who are proactive about the sex talk will have to worry about having a sixth grader go running to their teacher for a foil packet.
Sadly, not all parents are good parents. Not all kids have a Mom and Dad at home who are sitting them down to talk about their bodies and their rights to say no and all that the sex talk entails.
Is it really so bad that someone is stepping up for those kids?
Would you support this program coming to your child's school?
What do you think would happen?