You know... when you start seeing more and more articles like these, it just really screams Homeschool Your Kids...
Condom distribution in Massachusetts Elementary School
First grade students can ask for the condoms, though the policy requires that students speak to a school nurse or other trained counselor before receiving one.
Dr. Beth Singer, school superintendent, said since there is no age limit on the distribution policy, she wanted to ensure that younger students requesting condoms receive information on their use.
“We’re talking about younger kids. They have questions they need answered on how to use them, when to use them,” Singer said.
Singer said that although sex education is taught in health classes, there isn’t any detailed instruction on condom usage.
The board voted unanimously to approve the policy, which states that the school district will not honor requests from parents that their children not be given condoms.
"That should be a parent's decision to say if condoms are available to their children," said summer resident Charlie Hanson.
"I would rather parents say they don't want their kids to have sex instead of saying I don't want my child to have a condom," said Singer.
The policy contains a strongly worded statement that the district does not approve of sexual activity by students.
However, if students engage in sexual activity “against our better judgment,” they are urged to use condoms, the policy states.
Interestingly enough, a poll on the website showed that 79% of people were against this policy. The fact that anyone agrees with it at all is quite alarming.
and then there was this:
Drug Rehab Clinic to be opened at a New York High School.
Parents and taxpayers wondered why the district had proposed opening a drug clinic inside William Floyd high school.
"Something needed to be done," said Casciano of the school district's ongoing battle against student drug use.
Since the 2007-08 school year, the number of disciplinary cases involving students either possessing drugs in school or coming to class high had doubled, school officials confirmed.
After consulting drug rehab experts, educators decided to explore the uncharted territory of moving a clinic into the school.
If approved by state officials, it would become the only in-school program of its kind in New York.
"We wanted to make it easier for kids to get help," said Casciano, citing the lack of programs like this in the school's Mastic Beach community.
Under the proposed plan, the drug clinic would be for counseling only. No drugs like methadone would be dispensed.
Only district students could join the program. Addicts from the surrounding community would not be allowed to take part.
"Let's meet the kids where they are at and remove as many barriers to treatment as we can," said Caroline Sullivan, managing director of the Daytop rehabilitation program.
Daytop has filed an application with New York state to run the William Floyd program.
There would be no cost to local taxpayers, according to both Sullivan and Casciano. A patient's personal health insurance would cover the costs.
Daytop currently runs programs across New York state; but, students come to the Daytop facilities, not vice versa.
"The fact that they're being proactive and not putting their heads in the sand - it's amazing," said William Floyd parent-teacher organization vice-president Lorraine Mentz.
It's unclear how long it could take for state officials to review the application for the in-school clinic. And the William Floyd school board would also need to approve it.
Before that, it might have to answer the concerns of doubters in the public.
"For those who think the school is not the place, then where is," countered Sullivan. "Our kids are dying out there; so, why not go to them."
I wonder if this is a testament to the terrific drug education programs that government schools have been shoving down these kids throats - which essentially introduces kids to drugs and actually teaches them how to use them in the first place. I recall even when I went to school (back in the Stone Age) that we had police come in and actually share with us kids what all of the drug paraphernalia looked like, and what they were used for.
But honestly, it's true kids need help.. but there are already so many programs available - why do they need to bring this into a school setting? What about parental involvement? Will parents be invited to "counseling"? And how about taxpayers follow the money on this one. Who gets to choose which provider goes into a school? How much do they get on the taxpayer's payroll? is this really what taxpayers should be paying for? And since when can schools practice medicine without a license?
Will they soon be offering abortion clinics in High School as well? How about Gambling Clinics? Why not open up Alcoholics Anonymous Chapters in each High School?
The whole thing is just another indication at how badly government schooling has screwed up America's youth with emphasis on drug, sex and alcohol "education". Health classes are a complete joke. The fact of the matter is that government schools have created a monster, and the lack of any student training on morals, ethics, and decency have nourished it's growth. They are so busy thinking that it takes a village to raise a kid, that they have forgotten that it is a family's true responsibility to do so.
The sad fact is that our highly paid school administrators just cannot seem to concentrate on their main mission - which is education. They subsequently do not and cannot impart the basics of education - and they refuse to leave the social and medical issues for parents to deal with. Parents are rightfully the ones who should be dealing with those issues... and if they do not ... well then there are already laws on the books having to do with neglect.
Government schooling has taken "In Loco Parentis" to extremes. The trouble is that school administrators really suck at being parents.
America.. if you value your children at all, you really need to homeschool your kids and take them out of this very toxic environment.