New York High School Will Give Away Condoms at Prom

Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. will have 500 condoms available at the school’s upcoming prom for students to take as they see fit.  From

“As they leave the prom, they are welcome to it,” school principal Darryl Rascoe said in an interview. “We are not forcing it on anybody, but we want them to have that option.”

Worries about underage drinking or risky sex on prom night have prompted scores of prevention programs at schools around the country, from scheduling the event on weeknights to chaperoned after-parties.

But handing out free condoms as part of the festivities is a wrong move, says Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association, an advocacy group that resists comprehensive sex education in schools. “We are concerned that the distribution of condoms on school campuses further normalizes teen sex,” she told via email.

Image: Couple at prom, via Shutterstock.

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  1. by Michelle

    On May 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I think this is a fantastic idea. Like it or not, if a teen wants to have sex they will. Not telling them how to be safe about it will not make teens not want to have sex, it will just increase the chances of them getting an std or becoming pregnant.