Date: October 7th, 2014
By: Kelly Connelly
It was reported recently that a small public high school in Brooklyn, NY, would be making free condoms available at its upcoming prom. Condoms are already available for students of this school through its sex education program, according to the New York Times.
Darryl Rascoe, the school’s principal, told MSNBC, “As they leave the prom, they are welcome to it. We are not forcing it on anybody, but we want them to have that option.”
Since this news first hit the papers, plans to distribute the condoms have been scrapped. “I don’t want to do anything against DOE policy,” Rascoe said in an ABC interview.
In the MSNBC article, it was noted that “the prom condom distribution plan [would have been] accompanied by a safe sex school assembly sponsored by the condom maker a few days before the prom.” An essay contest on safe sex was also to be held and judged by the school’s English department. Parents had been notified about the plan, and the principal noted that he didn’t know of any opposition. That was until the story picked up steam and opponents and supporters alike voiced their opinions on the matter.
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About the Author
Healthy Teen Network Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Kelly Connelly, BA, is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer, and she is experienced at developing skills-building workshops and programs, for professionals as well as youth.