Philly schools add condoms to educational resources

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Bob Kellogg (

Many students in Philadelphia found clear plastic dispensers in the hallways chock full of free condoms when they came back from the Christmas break.

Twenty-two high schools in the City of Brotherly Love believe the answer to lowering the high rate of sexually transmitted diseases is to give students easy access to condoms. Tom Shaheen of the Pennsylvania Family Institute says student education is a better answer.


"We should be teaching students the actual risks of the behavior and not try to appeal to the lowest common denominator and expect that they'll do it anyway," he insists. 

Shaheen is also disturbed by this effort because parents are left out of the picture.

"The schools somehow take the place of a parent or guardian in choosing what they think is good for a student," he says. "I can't imagine that parents would approve of it. If there are a few who do, I think for the vast majority of them it is because the parents either don't know about it or have not been consulted in the first place."

Though parents do have the option of submitting an opt-out letter to the school, it remains up to the students to honor the wishes of their parents and not avail themselves of the opportunity to take condoms.

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