Condoms Hot Topic Of School Board Meeting 1-13-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Condoms Hot Topic Of School Board Meeting 1-13-2011

Giving Mid-Michigan school students condoms is a hot topic for the school board.
Last night during the meeting, a woman addressed the board about referring students in the Saginaw school district to an outside agency for condoms. The board told her they could not approve working with an outside agency.
The classroom is a place to learn and engage with friends, but do parents think it should be a place to stock up on condoms?
"I think it’s OK because kids are sneaky and go behind parents' back, so I think it will be OK to get them protection in school," said parent Angela Love.

The issue surfaced after a parent suggested the Saginaw school board bring in an outside agency to hand out condoms in the schools. Some parents agreed, but with stipulations.
"I think maybe high school is OK, but I wouldn't say middle school. They're too young,” said parent John Nettles. “But by time they reach high school, they’ve made up their mind if they're [going to] have sex."
While most parents TV5 spoke with were accepting of the idea, what they didn’t' know is that it’s against the law.
"The state has guidelines. It’s strictly prohibited,” said Saginaw schools spokeswoman Saffia Mosely. “It’s also a part of our board policy, which doesn't allow those items to be passed out at school."
Saginaw High School has an on-campus clinic that treats sexually transmitted diseases, but the school is still prohibited from passing out condoms.
TV5 found one parent who said that's the right idea.
"I say no. It should be up to the parents," said Lori Amo. "Parents are supposed to educate the children. Teachers are supposed to teach them reading, writing and arithmetic."
Although the school district promotes abstinence, they do discuss sex and STD-preventative measures.
But as for condoms, you won't find them being handed out like candy at Saginaw Public Schools.
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