Massachusetts Elementary School to Distribute Condoms to Students

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Starting this fall, kindergarten through fifth grade students at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Provincetown, Mass., will be able to obtain free condoms, ABC News reports.

Debate about the policy did not focus on whether condoms should be distributed at all, but rather on whether or not it was too restrictive.

"I don't like that students can't be discreet about this," says school committee member Shannon Patrick, the Provincetown Banner reports. "They have to go and ask for it. I'd rather them not have the conversation (with counselors) and have the condom than not have the condom."

Since there is no age restriction on obtaining condoms, some students need more information, school superintendent Dr. Beth Singer says.

"We're talking about younger kids," Singer says. "They have questions they need answered on how to use them, when to use them."

Not everyone agrees with the policy. Kris Mineau, president of the conservative Massachusetts Family Institute, says the policy is ridiculous, ABC News reports.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.