Looks like the kids are going to be engaging in dangerous sex after all.
Yesterday, the Voice reported on an interesting story coming out of Brooklyn, in which a principal of a high school there offered to hand out condoms (rubbers, jimmy-hats, whatever they’re calling them these days) at the school’s prom, presumably in a bucket, presumably near the door. Darryl Roscoe argued that the measure was “necessary” and “the right thing to do,” especially on a night that can get as rambunctious as Silvio Berlusconi’s bunga bunga parties in Milan.
Apparently, the Department of Education did not agree. In order to throw Trojans at teenagers, parents must sign a release form beforehand to sign off on the chance that their kids are participating in pre-marital whoopee. According to ABC, once those contracts are signed, kids can “go to the condom room and get free condoms.”
Now, Roscoe has backed down from the plan that sparked controversy in the blogosphere (probably just because of the headline) because he has no intention of breaking the DOE rules. Also, who wants to sign a condom contract before prom?
But, still, the Bed-Stuy principal argued that the condoms would help end a growing teen pregnancy problem. “There are several kids in our school who already have children,” he said. “We’re fooling ourselves if we think we can leave this up to teens to be proactive.”
With that being said, let us reiterate the obstacles of unsafe sex that fellow Voice writer Victoria Bekiempis laid out for us yesterday: bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, HPV, PID, syphilis and trichomoniasis. Those are just a few terms to toss around.
So, Mr. Roscoe, your intentions were good but the reality didn’t match the dream. Now, which way is the condom room?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 26, 2012