Now you know parents are enraged!
Twenty-two city high schools in Philadelphia will offer free condoms to students after the holiday break.
In a pilot initiative to battle the epidemic sexually transmitted diseases among the youth and in the city, new clear plastic condom dispensers will be installed inside nurse offices for the students' use.
Twelve schools in the city already offer condoms in health resource centers and at least 418 public schools in the U.S. offer free condoms. However, this new efforts aims to increase contraceptive access to students in the surrounding areas, where teens comprise 25 percent of new HIV infections.
Not surprisingly, the new initiative has angered a number of Philadelphia parents who believe free condoms will encourage teens to engage in sexual activity. Parents do, however, have the option to sign a waiver to opt their child out of the program. The school believes if they do so, the teens will have sex regardless.
"The reality is: Many of our teenagers, regardless of what adults think, are engaged in sexual activities," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told the Inquirer. "Discussion about whether or not they should be sexually active is an appropriate discussion, but if they are, then we need to make sure they're engaged in safe sexual practices."
This isn't the first time a school district has come under fire for encouraging safe sex. Back in September, New York City school officials announced a plan to make Plan B contraceptives available to high school girls at age 13 across the city.
We're all about safe sex, especially if the rate of teen HIV cases is rising steadily. Kids will certainly do what they want, whether or not there are condom dispensaries in schools. At least now they won't steal them!
SOURCE: Huffington Post