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Massachusetts town opts for unlimited, free condoms for all children, starting in elementary school


What the world needs now are condoms, sweet condoms...

No, not a new song by Dionne Warwick.  But it could be the theme song for one Massachusetts school system.

Earlier this month, the school committee overseeing Provincetown’s schools passed a resolution that will provide all students from elementary to high school with free, unlimited condoms. All you gotta do is step up and request one.

Let’s say you’re the parent of a 6-year-old and you don’t like the idea.

Tough! says the district. 

You don’t get a say. School officials don’t even have to tell you if your....

...child requests a condom. Further, if you object, they can run roughshod over you. They can distribute at will.

Sounds like a condom-bonanza! 

Not quite, sneered the committee chairman.

“It’s about availability; we’re not handing 'em out like M&M’s,” Peter Grosso told the Boston Globe.

That’s true.  You have to go talk to the school nurse and she can load the student up with a wallet-ful if necessary.

If the person requesting them is particularly young?  Say, a kindergartner wanted a few dozen?  These are professionals we’re talking about, so don’t worry.

The superintendent said that “if an especially young child requests a condom, the nurse will ask the student’s motive and act accordingly.”

Whew. That’s good. We don’t want some wingbat distributing condoms like a crazy person.

Further good news: tossing the condoms out like beads at a Mardi Gras parade is only a secondary option.

A school administrator told the FOX News station in Boston that the school “encourages abstinence for all students as a first priority.”

By the way, are any parents against ‘Condom-palooza’?  No one apparently showed up to comment at the committee meeting.

That doesn’t mean that everyone’s OK with the policy though. One committee-member thinks the new condom rule is way too tight. 

“I don’t like that students can’t be discreet about this,” school committee member Shannon Patrick told the Provincetown Banner.  “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.”

-- Jimmy Orr

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No, if they insist on asking the nurse for one, let her refuse. The little sinners deserve catching HIV or anything else at that age. They are far to young to be having sex.

Well, this is what's been happening countrywide. And also in the UK and Eur. As well, as police abuse.

tptb are passing all these laws (actually Statutes- which are presented to us, as obligatory)-

in order to have us, the Grassroots, rise up and protest or riot- so that tptb can have an excuse to bring on Martial Law.

This is sad. My son just finished the 4th grade and I just had the "birds and bees" discussion with him and I would be livid if this happened at his school.

I know there are other parents out there who want their children to be children and not miniature adults. I know I am not the only one. They have their whole lives to be an adult. Do we need them growing up so fast?

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

These defectives should be in treatment not running our schools, government and electing our leaders.

Lets face this country has an insanity problem which is going to destroy it.

Let the kids buy them like everybody else.

This school board is likely taking on accessory liability to statutory rape. In most states, any sex act with a child under the age of consent is statutory rape, even if the child consents and even if the other party is under the age of consent too. Since any such acts are crimes, why is the school board seeking to facilitate them? Insanity.

This is way to sad as a Christian I ask that you stand up and take it back before it is to late to save your chidren..We lock people up for sexual abuse, child abuse and kidnapping all sexual perversions yet you condone it for our children you should be ashamed..But on the bright side your child will have a condom when a sexual deviate kidnaps them..Stop and think..

Well, it is Massachusetts, that bastion of intellectual vigor and vitality. What a sorry joke!

Idiots and fools!

>>>>If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate.

But you can get a condom in Massachussetts! Whew!

This is such typically hyper-arrogant, totalitarian liberal cr-p. They take the children's situation completely out of the hands of their parents. They do this even in cases when it is specifically against the parent's wishes.

Their philosophy: a small committee of government strangers should be able to force liberal decisions onto every child, rather than the parents deciding for their own flesh and blood. And the parents are not even asked or informed before the government takes action.

Well, if they want to do that, then are they also willing to give the child daily care, attention and guidance, like the parents will? Are they willing to buy the child food and clothes using money from their own pocket? Are they willing to put the child through college, or let him crash at their house until he gets a job? Of course not.

They leave all the work, worry, hastles and expenses on the shoulders of the parents, and instead merely swoop in to force left liberal bullsh-t onto the children, leaving the parents to clean up afterward.

This is insane. I am running out of words to describe the utter craziness that is overtaking this country. How can a local government or school decide that a parent has no say in this matter? This is not my country anymore, it's being taken over by total idiots.

I'm middle aged, and there were fifth and sixth graders having sex with each other when I was young. This is commonsense that will save lives.

Teaching Children To Have Sex Is A Great Idea. If You Have Time Maybe You Can Teach Teach Them How To Read And Write.

So let me see if I understand this: Government believes that grown adults aren't capable of dealing with inappropriate sexual comments in adult settings and should be able to sue if offended, but that 6-year-old children are capable about making their own decisions about sex and should be free to act as they see fit with the aid of the government.

Two words: school choice.

this is ridiculous. how dare they bring sex into the lives of children. kids should not being having sex. it is not normal or okay for kids to engage in sexual acts. teaching a 6 year old, even a 12 year old that having sex at their age is okay is twisted.

Just plain sad that this is happening at such a young age. Where is the parenting?

I wish Barney Franks grandfather had done that.

I assume that most of the people condemning this action by the school board are also against sexual education classes. All they are doing is providing a contraceptive so that if a child chooses to have sex that they are safe about it, it's not like they're freaking NAMBLA and proposing massive underage orgies, they're just trying to encourage safer sex. People are always going to have sex, it's a natural instinct, and instead of trying to stamp out sexual urges, it's better to teach them to be safe. It's virtually the same as drinking, kids are going to drink underage, so shouldn't we teach them about not drinking and driving, or to avoid binge drinking. Would you rather have your kid learn about condoms in school, or catch an STD or worse have a child at such a young age. If you shelter your child from all of the taboo and I suppose you could call it "other" sides of life, then how do you expect them to make informed decisions, because mommy and daddy aren't always going to be there to guide them.

Seriously I knew people in high school, and middle school that were having sex, some became pregnant, and others, I don't know what happened to them; and the extent of my sexual education classes were condoms and birth control, and abstinence. There are so many more contraceptives, and so much more information that people need to learn and understand.

If someone asks for a condom, not giving them one is so irresponsible that I would honestly question their morals. So depressing to see the vitriol and ignorance spewed in some of these comments. I'm pretty sure most have forgotten what its like to be young, let alone would know what its like to be young in 2010.

And I'd thought that I'd read and seen it all, America going to hell in a hand basket quicker than we can bat an eye lash, by throwing these 'children' under the bus, and not one voice of reason or sanity on this whole board.

So-called 'grown-ups' who ought to know better, and fight for their children's innocence, while they still can rather than let the educational system, government, or anyone else turn their children into 'sexual robots' and tender steaks for the pedophiles who absolutely love crap like this.

We've attempted to wipe the name of God out of almost everything that gave this country 'leverage', and now we're paying a bitter harvest for it, and your "children" will be the lambs led to the slaughter for your selfishness. Satan doesn't have to do too much of anything, when people like you sit back and hand your innocent young children over to a system which will ultimately destroy them in the process, but I'm going to fight for mine tooth and nail with my dying breath if I have to with God's help.

Lastly, if you think this is really 'only' about condoms, you need to have your heads examined, and take those rose colored glasses off, but sadly the majority of you will find this out once it's much too late. Your poor delusional children will follow in the footsteps of parents who should have know better, but cared less about those whom they say they loved, the "children who didn't deserve any of this". God/Jesus help those foolish humans who are following the Pied Piper and leading their children to their ultimate destruction.

"I don’t like that students can’t be discreet about this,” school committee member Shannon Patrick told the Provincetown Banner. “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.”...Ok so if they are not mature enough to be able to ask for a free condom, the students are too young to be having sex. If they are too embarrassed to talk about sex they shouldn't be having it. That is pretty upsetting that women would think that way.


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