Condom wrappers stir controversy in Boston schools
BOSTON (WCIV) -- Angry parents are coming to the Department of Public Health and Boston Public Schools with questions after risque messages were found on packages of free condoms handed out to students, according to WCVB, the ABC affiliate in Boston.
The condoms were donated to the schools from the Department of Public Health as part of a safe sex and wellness program adopted by the school system in June, the Boston Globe reports.
According to the paper, some of the 40,000 condoms has wrappers will messages such as, "One lucky lady," "hump one" and "tasty one."
"(The DPH) provided the condoms to support the Boston Public Schools in furthering our shared public health goals, following their approval of a condom availability program last year. We support BPS's decision to replace these condoms with neutrally-packaged condoms," the DPH said in a statement, given to WCVB.
Officials with the health department said the condoms were shipped directly to the school and neither the health department or the school system chose the packaging.
"We understand why some people may have concerns about the design. This is why we have already taken steps to replace this supply with a donation from the Boston Public Health Commission. We have already begun to distribute these different condoms to schools so there is no interruption in our overall comprehensive sexual health education effort," Boston Public Schools said in a statement to WCVB.
Under the policy, students at any public high school in the city can get free condoms from a designated adult after they received counseling about safe sex, the Boston Globe reported.
Parents do have the option to exempt their children from the program.