High school's condom fliers prompt review by principal
The principal of a Massachusetts high school is reviewing a school-sanctioned sexual education course after a parent complained that a flier about the class advocated condom use.
According to the Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield High School Principal Tracey Benson received the complaint from parent Bruce Radke, who saw a list of 32 phrases -- described as “Condom Sayings” -- that was passed out to about 15 students, including Radke’s daughter Aleisha, a junior at the school.
Now, they list a couple of the "sayings" and of they two they chose - "Practice safe sex -- make love with a Trojan" and "Condoms are easier to change then [sic] diapers" - they don't sound all that scandalous. Now, it's quite possible they found the two least objectionable sayings, of course, but this is a high school course - it has to be somewhat catchy and edgy or they'll just shrug it off like everything else.
The irony is thick, though - students can get free birth control, no questions asked, and the school is prohibited from contacting the parents. Yet if that same kid brought a bottle of Tylenol in from home for a headache, they'd be in a world of hurt for violating the drug policy. I don't find anything wrong with the course - provided it really is geared towards reducing pregnancy and the spread of disease - it just strikes me as how upside down everything is when a high schooler can get free birth control but not a Motrin.
Then again, no one ever said administrators ever made a lick of sense...
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