School policy would give condoms to junior high students

March 29, 2012 10:48:02 AM PDT
A school committee in Massachusetts may approve a new policy that would allow students as young as 12 to walk into the nurse's office and request a free condom.

It's happening in the city of Springfield. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it is already legal for minors to purchase or have access to condoms.

Supporters of the policy believe it will help educate teens about their choices and help them better understand the consequences of unprotected sex.

But many parents feel whatever the schools do will not be effective without parents involvement.

The school committee said a report shows Springfield has the fourth highest teen birth rate in the state.

The second round of voting on this policy will take place on April 5.