Gervais teachers to start distributing condoms to kids as young as sixth grade

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Statesman Journal: The Gervais School District (Oregon) is making condoms available to students as young as the sixth grade, Superintendent Rick Hensel confirmed Tuesday.

Teen pregnancy has been a concern for the board since a year ago, when a group of nursing interns from Oregon Health & Science University presented a study on the issue in Gervais.

Hensel said nine girls in the Gervais School District became pregnant this school year. That means 5 percent of the school district’s girls in grades six through 12 became pregnant.

“The decision was made to allow some specified teachers to have condoms that they could distribute after a discussion with the student,” Hensel said.

According to the draft minutes from the May 14 meeting, the school board was generally supportive of distributing condoms to students in grades six through 12, but were concerned about the details.

The board agreed to support the recommendation as long as the condoms were distributed by trained professionals, though they weren’t more specific.

Hensel said he assumed the responsibility would fall on health teachers. The motion passed unanimously.

When the OHSU nursing interns presented their study to board members one year ago, they said 7 percent of Gervais High School’s girls had experienced a pregnancy, according to the PowerPoint slides they showed.

The nursing students also discovered discrepancies between state law and Gervais School District’s sex education curriculum. Oregon requires schools to teach about both abstinence and contraception, but the slides did not indicate specifically how Gervais strayed from state law.

The presentation also pointed at the lack of access to condoms and information as a problem. Forty-two percent of Gervais High School students surveyed responded that they “never” or “sometimes” use anything to protect themselves from pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

Gervais School District appears to have been left behind in the rest of the country’s successes in teen pregnancy. The Guttmacher Institute reported this month that Oregon’s teen pregnancy rate dropped to a historic new low.

However, black and Hispanic teens still were getting pregnant at twice the rate of white teens, according to the report. Almost 70 percent of the Gervais population is Hispanic.

According to Oregon Health Authority, 58 percent of the 539 teens who became pregnant in Marion County between 2010 and 2012 were Hispanic.

According to the school’s web site, “We, with the involvement of our culturally rich community, will provide a creative, enriching and safe environment, which instills a desire to become a life-long learner and a responsible citizen.”

If they want to “involve the community”, why not have a meeting with the parents and discuss this with them? And if they want to raise “responsible citizen(s)”, why not start with the parents who are primarily responsible for raising responsible citizen(s)?

DCG

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0 responses to “Gervais teachers to start distributing condoms to kids as young as sixth grade

  1. traildustfotm

    Great piece, DCG!
    If only his parents had used them…

     
  2. Of course, due to obvious physical reasons, they won’t fit and not work properly… thanks again, progressives!

     
  3. These idiots act as though condoms are the fix for everything…This is beyond disgusting! I know if our 11 year old came home with a condom she received from her teacher we would be livid! Teachers are supposed to teach children, not give them the green light to have sex by passing out condoms, which even if used properly aren’t 100%, and we all know how responsible a child would be to use a condom properly. If the school district was really concerned, they would talk to the parents or social services if the parents aren’t parenting properly (I doubt pregnancies occurred by students having sex in classrooms) instead of acting like they are the parents. Teach the children to keep their legs closed and pants zipped; teach the children self-restraint and discipline instead of setting them up to act like animals and become future sex addicts (future sex industry workers and supporters). Who’s to say if a child were to use a condom given by one of these so-called “teachers” and, surprisingly, the condom failed and pregnancy and/or disease resulted who would be liable: the parents who didn’t know or the school that gave the child the condom to begin with?

     
  4. Once again, this is the school aiding and abetting the corruption of minors, the sexual exploitation of minors, as well as statutory rape… Kids that age are *not supposed to even have intercourse* “sex ed” will exacerbate the problem, not fix it, I encourage every reader here to mail these contributors to child sexual deviancy and remind them that giving condoms is giving approval of actions, and is contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as well as the sexual corruption of a minor. Emphasis on the phrase “Minor” here.

     
  5. These so called teachers need to take all their condoms home and give them to their own younguns and tell the to have at it.

     

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