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Elementary School Kids Get Free Condoms in Provincetown, MA

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila

Maybe you sent your ten-year-old granddaughter to school this morning with turkey on rye, an apple, and a fruit roll-up. You might be worrying that she’ll have another argument with her best friend or freeze up on the test you helped her study for last night.

Or perhaps you dropped your nine-year-old nephew off at the bus stop and made sure he had an extra packet of Kleenex in his pocket in case that pesky cough kicked in. You might be nervous that he’ll try to make the kids laugh by putting invisible glue on the teacher’s chair again or that the class bully will call him chubby in front of his buddies like he did last week.

But did you ever imagine having to worry that the child you dropped off at elementary school this morning might pick up a free condom between classes? Welcome to America’s educational system in 2010.

Todd Starnes reported this week that “A New England school district has approved a measure that will provide free condoms to elementary school students and direct teachers not to comply with parental wishes to the contrary. The policy, unanimously approved by the Provincetown School Committee  does not include an age limit — meaning children of any age ask for — and receive — free condoms.”

That’s right, folks. If your little Jenny or Michael goes to school in Provincetown, MA, she or he will have access to free, school-provided condoms. And if you don’t like it, well that’s just too darn bad.

And check out this bombshell: “The policy does stipulate that kids must consult with a nurse or trained counselor before getting their sexual protection – and that upset some of the committee members, according to the Provincetown Banner.” Yes, you read that correctly. Some committee members feel that making elementary school kids consult with a nurse or counselor before getting free condoms at school is a bit much. Starnes disclosed that committee member Shannon Patrick revealed this to the Provincetown Banner: “I don’t like that students can’t be discreet about this . . . They have to go and ask for it. I’d rather them not have the conversation [with counselors] and have the condom than not have the condom.” Some days I feel like we live in a very sick world, and this is precisely why.

This decision by the Provincetown School Committee is disturbing and downright twisted. The fact that anyone in our educational system deems it appropriate to provide free condoms to elementary school children – and to trample on parental rights in the process – is a complete and utter disgrace. It becomes clearer and clearer to me why so many parents home-school their children without a second thought.

What’s next from America’s schools? Will they be providing birth control pills to eleven-year-olds? Morning after pills to twelve-year-olds? Will schools offer sexual discovery classes in place of P.E.? Those things may sound ridiculous to some of you now, but such atrocities would arise from the same mindset currently promoting the availability of free condoms to nine-year-olds at school, while ignoring parental objections.

To be frank, I don’t want to hear any of that “Well, isn’t it better that they’re prepared?” garbage. We’re talking about elementary school kids. The only things they need to be prepared for are the Saturday Science Fair and whether or not their first crushes will go to the school dance with them on Friday night. Period.

Parents – make sure your kids are in a learning environment where your voices still count. To the school committee that approved this measure – you get a big, fat “F.”

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4 years 10 months ago

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Clay Boggess
6 years 3 months ago

Once again policy makers are attempting to undermine parental authority so that they can indoctrinate young people. Why do we need parents anyway?

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edward
6 years 3 months ago

I AM eight years old…ABOUT TIMES THINGS ARE DONE WRITE…AND I WONT HAVE TO TELL MY DAD OR MOM…AND I DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE SCHOOL TELLING THEM…SINCE IT WILL BE A SECRET TOO….

JESSIE
6 years 3 months ago

HELL NO…if my children told me that…and SHOWED ME, i would meet with the school board

JESSIE
6 years 3 months ago

HELL NO!!!! if my son or daugher (who are
both 9 and ten years old) said to me
Daddy, LOOK what I got in 3rd grade today
and i seen it was a condom, i will
explain to the kids ‘what a comdom’ is
and HAVE A ‘REAL ‘ WORD WTIH THE SCHOOL–AND THE SCHOOL BOARD

>>.THEN most of us wonder why the hell
people RAPE/SEXUAL ABUSE children–AND ALSO WONDER WHY THERE ARE SEXUAL PHOTOS OF CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS 12 MONTHS OLD<

if the child 'know what a comdom is and' what its
'used' for….DO YOU RELIZE THAT YOU ARE TELLING
YOUNG CHILDREN THAT ITS OK TO HAVE SEX 'WHEN YOU
ARE ONLY EIGHT YEARS OLD!!!!

GEE, think about this…i like to see an 'ad
on CARTOON NETWORK, DISNEY CHANNEL, ABOUT,
condoms for children…………that is
exactly what you are saying…so again HELL
NO!!!

Alex G.
6 years 3 months ago

All you overstuffed conservative neo-cons have to get over yourselves. Kids have sex no matter what parents or schools do. It’s completely and utterely narrow minded to ignore this fact. Letting kids learn about safe sex and providing condoms is common sense. Condom or not, kids will have sex every chance they get – I know I sure did!! The world has changed since the 50’s shame-based society, so get out of the way and let the new modern era rage on!! This country is so inhibited it’s no wonder there is so much sexual dysfunction today. Sex is a healthy and wonderful experience if practiced safely. Don’t let your own narrow minded conservative 50’s shame-based morality influence the current and next generations. Wake up people.

George Michaud
6 years 3 months ago

Way too much Big Government and way too much Obama. When he campaigned for “change” he sure didn’t have the kind of “change” that most (the majority) of Americans wanted to see. I even question the election of this President as to whether it was a legal one or not with all of this Acorn and other organizations his cronies were associated with messing with the election process, etc. The latest primaries are looking good but the rest of America had better wake up and do something about what is happening to our country.
Incidentally, what is the official date of your first anniversary of AMAC? Does AMAC plan on any kind of special issue of the magazine or online event or event to be held at a stadium, hotel, etc?
Thank you,

George M.
Kansas City, MO

Amy M
6 years 3 months ago

I wonder why children have such a problem with authority when schools continue to undermine parents at every opportunity. Shall we hand out clean needles… I mean… don’t we want them prepared instead of reusing?? At what point are we going to realize that when you expose innocent children to sexual topics it is an assault on their innocence – whether it is the school or the perv next door.

Max Miller
6 years 3 months ago

Another Socialist move to capture the minds of children. Hitler and his party did it in the 1930’s. Win them over with the belief that their parents are cheating them. The next move will be to punish the parents for “butting in”.
Thank you for printing this article.

Lyle R.
6 years 3 months ago

What kind of people live in this town? I read that the media tried to contact the superintendent and he was not available. As a reporter myself, I would have gone after the head of the school board and asked he or she if the board is planning to fire the superintendent or school principal or both for allowing this to happen. Then I would have polled every other member of the board. Is Planned Parenthood who is getting tax money involved in this? Sounds like the stuff they pull. I can’t believe the residents are not up in arms on this. They should be storming the school board meetings in mass. This issue should not be dropped until whoever is responsible for allowing this is fired. Can’t innocent children be allowed to be children anymore? Can’t parents be parents anymore?

Stephen
6 years 3 months ago

That’s what happens when the government runs the school and not parents. The solution is simple, Take your children out of the government indoctination centers. They are deliberately producing the low class citizens their system requires to continue.

M.J.
6 years 3 months ago

This is sick. Thank you for writing about this!

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