Provincetown Under Fire For Condom Policy
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has called on the Provincetown school district to change its new policy that hands out condoms to children as young as the first grade without consent from parents.
“It is simply not age appropriate to have a program in place for such young children, not to mention not having parents of such young children involved,” Patrick said in a statement.
“Comprehensive reproductive health education needs to be done in an age appropriate manner.”
A man-on-the-street report from CNN shows that Provincetown residents and tourists are outraged at the new policy.
“I think that [the new condom policy] is going a little too far,” said one Provincetown resident.
“I think it’s pretty sick,” a Provincetown grade-school student told CNN.
Still, Provincetown school district superintendent, Dr. Beth Singer, is standing firm on the new policy.
“Sex has no age limit. It’s an individual scenario for each person,” Singer said. “We can’t put out an age for using condoms.”
Singer also told CNN that the policy was never meant for grade-schoolers. That, she explained, was a “misunderstanding.”
“I would prefer to hear parents say to their children, ‘you’re not allowed to have sex,’ as opposed to ‘you’re not allowed to have a condom.'”