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Condom Availability to High School Students In 1991 New York Public Schools started distributing condoms to their high school students This was the first school system to attempt to do this Since then many other high schools in twenty-one different states have picked up similar programs but not without a fight Vail 43 Some parents of high school students are strongly opposed to their kids being able to get condoms at their high school But more and more high schools are following in New Yorks footsteps and making condoms available to their students Although the programs being used to distribute condoms like vending machines in bathrooms and asking for them from counselors are not perfect there must be some good coming from them if more high schools are picking them up There are many reasons that people oppose having condoms in high schools One of the main problems is that parents believe making condoms so easily accessible promotes sexual activity amongst the students An organization known as PACK Parents Against Condoms for Kids from the Seattle area hands out pamphlets speaking out against condom availability in high schools Condom availability in high school infringes on parents rights to teach their children about sex says one of their pamphlets while the front cover largely states Children belong to parents--NOT the government Fight for your kids qtd in Giardina 58 Other PACK pamphlets point out that abstinence isnt being taught thoroughly enough in sex education classes Giardina 59 The arguments these parents point out are valid but there are many positive outcomes from having condoms available to high school students that these people are not looking at One Seattle parent bravely stood up to other angry parents in a school board meeting stating The decision to have sex isnt necessarily because condoms are available at the schools Its personal values its what you have taught your children its all in who you are qtd in
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