Free Condoms On Prom Night?! (At Least At Some Schools)
NuVo Condoms also offering to supply high schools with free supply
Oh, prom. The one magical night that's seen as a culmination of years of study and an unofficial entry into adulthood for many students. An extravagant affair filled with friends, limousines, awkward dancing, and ... free condoms?
That is correct -- Certain high schools are now gifting students with free condoms on a night that they could really come in handy.
Some of the schools that are planning to try out this practice, like the famously difficult Bedford-Stuyvesant Prepatory High in Brooklyn, N.Y., are awash in a mixed wave of backlash and praise. While most parents wouldn’t want to even think about the possibility of their child fornicating on prom night, some are recognizing the reality of the situation, knowing that it’s better for their kin to be aware rather than having the “p” word brought up to them soon afterwards (Author’s note: The “p” word is “pregnancy”. Just wanted to make that clear.)
While the Brooklyn high school is handling the situation themselves, latex manufacturer NuVo Condoms made it clear to all schools that they’re willing to supply them with an abundance of their product, all for no charge. Though they have plenty to gain in regards to getting the teens familiar with their particular brand of condom(they claim that they don’t condone sex between minors), it nonetheless seems to be a gesture that can help many a student. After all, one in five teens plan to have their initial sexual experience on prom night, according to recent studies mentioned in their press release.
One of the supporters of this trend is the American Academy of Pediatrics, who say that “schools should be considered appropriate sites for the availability of condoms, because they contain large adolescent populations and may potentially provide a comprehensive array of related educational and health care resources.”
However, Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association thinks that schools shouldn’t be offering the students any condoms, since she believes that it “further normalizes teen sex”, as reported by msnbc.com.
Do you agree with the schools that are making their students more familiar with sexual education? Is it in their best interest to give teens free condoms?
In 2010, teen pregnancy was at it’s lowest rate since 1946, according to stats compiled by CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System. It’s generally regarded that teens just know more about birth control than they did previously, and more education about the many forms of them can only help students be more aware and safe.
Let’s be honest, fellow Limelifers, it's a better idea than using Aspirin as a contraceptive -- Right, Foster Freiss?