Should schools give out condoms to kids?
High School Will Hand Out Condoms to Students
Published: November 04, 1995
After more than two years of debate, Roslyn High School has decided to hand out condoms to students on demand as a precaution against AIDS, school officials said today.
The high school in this affluent Nassau County community is believed to be the state's first outside New York City to adopt a "condom availability" policy, said a State Health Department spokeswoman, Frances Tarlton.
Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties have some of the highest suburban incidences of AIDS in the nation, she said.
Roslyn High School's principal, Jason Stoller, said AIDS is not a problem among Roslyn High's 750 students. The condom program, he said, aims at keeping it that way.
Starting next month, condoms will be available from the school nurse and health teachers. Parents can sign a form to exclude their children from the program.
"We did this to keep our kids safe," said an assistant superintendent, Madalyn Moses.
But not all parents and students agreed.
One parent, Michael Moskowitz, said that even though under school policy, abstinence would be stressed, "giving a condom to a child and saying 'abstain' is exactly the same as giving them a keg of beer on a Friday night and saying 'don't drink it.' "
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