Plugged In: School district considers condom distribution for 6th graders

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SAN FRANCISCO — Condoms for sixth graders?

It could happen in San Francisco.

A school board committee for the San Francisco Unified School District is considering making condoms available for students as young as sixth grade.

One school board member said a similar program in the high schools , which has been in place for 25 years, has worked.

“We believe that with the education it actually lessens the amount of sexual activity, lessens the amount of sexually transmitted infections as well as pregnancies,” Kevin Gogin said.

Parents are split on the proposal.

“It’s not their job. It’s not their job. It’s not their call. It’s our call. I think it comes down to the parents,” a parent who is against the proposal said.

Another believes it’s a good idea. “If they’re having sex behind their parents’ back, why not be safe about it.”

According to a recent survey, five-percent of middle school students say they have had sex.

The director of a youth center and clinic in San Francisco says their average client is 14.

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