Students demand more sex ed, condoms
Boston has 36 public high schools, but condoms are available only at nine with community health clinics, according to the Boston Globe.
February 16th, 2011
10:18 AM ET

Students demand more sex ed, condoms

Hundreds of students crowded into a Boston City Council hearing Tuesday to demand more and better sex education and access to condoms, the Boston Globe reported.

Students can obtain condoms at nine of Boston's 36 public high schools, the Globe reported.

"Sex education is important to me because sexual identity is part of our lives," said high school sophomore Kimpsha Grant. "And when we don't talk about it, people learn the wrong things about it or nothing at all."

She likened sexual information passed among teens to a fairy tale and said many of her peers don't understand the risks.

"What they need to learn about sex is that it's something you don't want to rush into," she told the crowd. "It's a shame that we aren't learning what we need to."

At least one speaker took a different view.

Maggie McLean, a graduate student at Harvard, said young students need "the tools to resist a culture of casual sexual activity presented in the media."

"Please make sure that sex ed in Boston Public Schools is truly comprehensive," she said. "Don't say, 'Be safe. Here's a condom.' "

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Steven

    I think, if I was a kid, I could probably learn everything I wanted to know about that on the internet. 🙂

    February 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    Can't teenagers buy condoms? It's not like alcohol or cigarettes, is it?

    February 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nori

    Yes. They can buy them, but often are too embarassed. That doesn't mean the schools should, considering all the budgeting issues Nation-wide. You may have meant it as a joke Steven, but it is true. A parent could come up with a basic powerpoint class easily, if they are too "busy" or embarassed to do it themselves.. I'm just sayin'

    February 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JACK

    YEAH MORE CONDOMS! LESS EDUCATION AND LESS STUDY! WAY TO GO AMERICA!

    February 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel2208

      You're quite right,JACK. That's the way young people think nowadays.

      February 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    It seems like that's all the young people have on their minds anymore,sadly enough. And how some of them like to use that Tea Party lingo in their conversations which is disgusting!

    February 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ta1mnS

    Lust will not keep...something must be done about it...

    February 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    No one should ever trust a condom.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SHOOOOOO

    I just farted. Shoooooo : )

    February 17, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |