POSTED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 11:37am
UPDATED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 11:40am
Springfield, MA — Condoms will be made available to middle and high school students in Springfield, Mass. The city has the 4th-highest teen birth rate in the state and school committee members hope this plan will help bring that number down.
The Springfield School Committee took a final vote on a controversial proposal Thursday night, to make free condoms available to middle and high school students in the city's public schools.
It's a move that community health advocates say is sorely needed in a city where 27% of 12-year-olds and more than half of all high school freshmen are already having sex.
Under the new policy parents can opt out by notifying the schools.
Supporters say like it or not, kids are having sex earlier these days. But others say it's not up to the school to intervene in this way.
The program will begin in september.