by Cassidy Knittle:

Giving free contraceptives out to Kennedy students without requiring a parent consent, as currently done by our school’s clinic, is making our peers think it’s an ‘okay-go’ to have sexual intercourse at our age.

Our clinic gives out a variety of contraceptives, such as a nuvaring pill, deprovera shot, prescription patch, and condoms. A student here at Kennedy could get his or her choice of these contraceptives without having parent consent. A parent in our school’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), who requested to stay anonymous, stated “I don’t like how the clinic doesn’t need parental consent. I feel like the parent should be informed.”

With the clinic not requesting or demanding parent consent in order to obtain these contraceptives, senior Kristin Tzintzun said, “It seems like the school is going behind the backs of the parents.”

Parents should be notified that their children have been visiting the clinic for such things. Mr. G, one of the security officers here at Kennedy, mentioned, “If a student goes to the clinic to get a contraceptive, the clinic should warn the parent(s) of the student and advise them that they should communicate better with their children so they’re aware.”

Although they’re making sure the kids are having safe sex, they’re still advertising it. When students know that they can go to the clinic for condoms and birth control, it makes it easier for them to say yes to sex. Being provided with contraceptives is just creating an idea that it’s okay to be having sexual intercourse at our young age. Is  it really necessary to give out contraceptives without having parent consent from the child receiving them?

The clinic’s goal is to, “plan, postpone, or prevent pregnancy,” stated Marlene Leon, a worker in our school’s clinic. We all know that having sex can cause pregnancy and allow sexually transmitted diseases to be transmitted. So how and why does the clinic believe that giving out these items are preventing pregnancy and STDs from being transmitted? Marlene said, “The pill, shot, and patch don’t protect against STDs but does prevent pregnancy if used right. The condom is clearly number one from preventing pregnancy.”

The wrong idea is being created by the clinic giving out contraceptives. They shouldn’t be advertising such things to such young kids.