One school district in Oregon has taken the step of allowing some teachers to distribute condoms to students in the sixth grade.
Superintendent Rick Hensel said he and the school board are concerned about teen pregnancy rates after nine students, including one in middle school, became pregnant in the Oregon County town of Gervais, according to a story by News Channel 8 Portland and The Associated Press.
According to the report, a study by Oregon Health & Science University found that 7 percent of high school girls in Gervais had gotten pregnant, with more than 40 percent of students admitting they “never” or only “sometimes” used a condom during sexual intercourse.
Reviews from parents are mixed, according to the news report, with some parents saying they don’t know how they feel and others applauding the decision.
Condom distribution at Gervais schools will begin next year, to be handed out by “trained professionals,” likely health teachers or counselors, according to Mr. Hensel.