Students Meet with Boston City Council. Image via CBS Boston.
This week, high school students, educators and health experts met with members of the Boston city council to discuss making free condoms available in schools. Those in favor of the measure are using New York as a model, where condoms have been freely available in schools for 17 years.
“I think that teens are responsible and they want to make the right decisions for themselves, but they need the tools to make them,” said 17-year-old Kimpsha Grant in the meeting. Many hope that the measure will also improve sex education in schools. “It would be healthy because kids would learn how to do things in a safe manner,” said Samantha Brea, another student.
However, many parents and officials want to encourage teens to wait to have sex. “They can say it reduces the risk but they can never use the word ‘prevent,’” said Deb O’Hara Rusckowski, who is against the proposal. Two Boston council members have said they support the project.
According toCBS Boston, 54 percent of the city’s students attending public school are sexually active.
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