Ingredients for a memorable prom: a drop-dead dress, special corsage, romantic dances, and ... condoms. The condoms will be courtesy of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School, which will offer 500 of the party treats, free, at next month's dance. “As they leave the prom, they are welcome to it,” school principal Darryl Rascoe tells MSNBC. “We are not forcing it on anybody, but we want them to have that option.” No surprise, the move is not a hit with everyone. “We are concerned that the distribution of condoms on school campuses further normalizes teen sex,” said a spokesman for a national sexual abstinence program.
Many New York high schools provide free condoms when requested by students. But the prom idea came from the company NV Healthcare, which offered its NuVo brand condoms free to several schools. So far, Brooklyn Prep is the only school to accept the offer. Rascoe said he wants his 130 students to be thinking about college, not raising babies just now. Getting pregnant as a teen is "self-sabotage. It makes it more difficult to move forward, and life becomes a struggle," he said. (Read more condom stories.)