BPS debates giving kids condoms

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Much to the dismay of some parents at a public meeting, Buffalo Public Schools are debating giving out condoms to students at their schools.

Supporters of the plan though say the plan is about the safety of students, and they have numbers to back up the dangers of sex in public schools. They say 33 percent of surveyed students reported having sex in the past three months, percent have experimented with sex, 16 percent had sex with more than four people in their lifetime, and surprisingly, 35 percent didn’t use a condom during their last sexual encounter.

The idea is a condom availability program to help curb the transfer of STDs and unplanned pregnancies. It would offer sexual education for kids, and allow parents to opt out of the program.

“Giving my child a condom in school is telling my child it’s okay to go do what you want to do without your parent,” one concerned parent said.

But those in favor say it’s about reigning those who are already experimenting back in and teaching them how to be safe.

“We have the highest pregnancy rate in the state among our teens,” Assuntra Ventresca, director of Health Related Services at BPS, said. “We identify over 200 students annually that are pregnant”

BPS is holding more meetings on the matter. The next meeting is planned for March 5 at 2:30 at Public School 206 on Southside Parkway.

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