Oregon School Now Offering Condoms ... to 6th Graders
Town has had a rash of teen pregnancies
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 6, 2014 4:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Medical groups have long advocated making condoms available in schools, and one Oregon district is taking that advice—even if it means making them available to especially young students. The Gervais School District board voted unanimously last month to make condoms available to students from grade six on up, the LA Times reports. Students will have to ask for the birth control specifically, however, and have a talk with a counselor, teacher, or administrator first.

The plan sounds less extreme when you realize that the tiny district basically treats its middle and high schools as one establishment, and hence put the same rules in place for both. A survey last spring found that 42% of the high school's students "never" or "sometimes" use protection, and officials tell the Statesman Journal that nine students became pregnant last year. Still, some parents are uneasy about the plan. "I don't know how to feel," one told KGW. "Somebody talking to my children and giving them a condom, at that age, I don’t know."

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Gerry Pong
Jun 19, 2014 10:18 PM CDT
My grandson is in the 6th grade in a San Francisco school. I don't think he even thinks about girls. Right now, he into "farts," jokes about them, makes up names like Fooper Pooper. Dang, 6th grade? Condoms? No way.
EverettWilliams
Jun 19, 2014 9:21 PM CDT
This is what happens when it becomes against the law to tan hides. My Dad beat me like a redheaded stepchild and I was scared to death of that man. He died when he was 80 and I loved him dearly, and thanked him numerous times for keeping me out of trouble. Guess what It also worked with both my adult kids, never had a problem out of them and they DON'T have tattoos all over their bodies looking like heathens in Africa. My grandchildren are now having their rears tanned, it will-not hurt them, they will-not die, they will turn out better and thank you for it. We've lost a generation of kids because parents aren't parent but friends, you are not your kids friend, your their parents responsible for training them to be productive citizens , not HELLS ANGELS.
Amanda Faglie
Jun 19, 2014 7:21 PM CDT
I remember in 7th grade gym, this girl was all hyper going on and on about just losing her virginity and how this other guy wanted to screw her. Her friend asked her if it hurt and she said no. I remember walking away shaking my head. I was the same age as them and thought they were too young to be having sex, so i considered them trash and never hung around them. Im not surprised condoms are being given to 6 graders as kids start "serious" relationships beginning in fourth grade.