"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 msnbc.com via email.
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