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Public schools give children contraceptives

Friday, October 26, 2007  
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By Special to Opinions

Lindsay Bingham

This is a call for the return to the days of innocence. When middle school was about club sports and cheerleading. When “going out” meant a boy and girl liked each other and held hands at school.

Some public schools are now allowing sixth- through eighth-graders access to multiple forms of contraceptives. That’s right, sexually active, pre-pubescent children.

King Middle School in Portland, Maine offers birth control to “tween” girls who admit to being sexually active.

Of course, this is only after the girl receives abstinence counseling and continues to fall into uncontrollable temptation.

Some KMS mothers agree with the policy, saying it’s about time the school taught girls to take care of themselves.

Under KMS’s new policy these oral contraceptives are prescribed confidentially without parental knowledge.

I first blame the parents for lack of responsibility and care for their children. They should be teaching their children the importance of self-control. While these children are the future of America, their parents are in charge of shaping it. Song of Solomon pleads numerous times for females to promise “not to awaken love until the time is right” (NLT).

You can blame everybody’s favorite scapegoat, the media. While drug prevention campaigns are rampant among the same age group, the minds behind these messages don’t want to confront an equally important, pressing issue: premarital sex. What, they don’t want to step on anyone’s bloated, pregnant toes?

I mostly blame the young girls and boys. It boils down to self-control. Paul advises in I Corinthians 7 that if you can’t control your sexual desires, get married! (Oh dear, I hope preteen marriage won’t become a trend.)

What does this have to do with us as college students? Are we different than these sexually active seventh graders?

Not really. Numerous research studies prove that an average, normal person’s brain does not reach maturity until mid-20s. While most of us are more mature than 14-year-olds, our thinking has only slightly changed. Most of us are still in our sexual prime, which won’t end for a few more years. (I wonder if that has something to do with OC’s student marriage rate?)

We view rape as disgusting and defiling of any human being, especially of young children, such as 12-year-olds. So what makes it okay that this age bracket is having consensual sex? When is it okay to lose that innocence? Not at 12, not until marriage.

The administration, teachers, guidance counselors, janitors, nurses, cafeteria ladies—should be considered role models; the students spend more time with their teachers and friends than they do their parents. But as long as they are employed at KMS they are condoning safe sex among minors.

The people who are supposed to set an example and higher standard are constantly lowering the bar by providing condoms, confidential contraceptive pills and STD tests.

It is a sad day when your sixth-grade sister brings home a bottle of pills with a letter saying she can use them because she won’t listen to an adult and wants to have sex.

Even worse, the people who are supposed to protect her from it are the ones allowing it to happen.

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