D.C. Government Gave Away 200,000 Condoms to Public School Students

Penny Starr at CNSNews.com reports the Washington, D.C. Department of Health gave away 200,000 condoms at public high schools last year, according to department communications director Najma Roberts, which averages out to about 16 condoms for each of the 12,792 students.

According to the D.C. Public Schools website, there are 20 public high schools that serve 12,792 students. Roberts provided the names of 18 public charter schools that receive condoms for distribution to students, including Maya Angelou-Evans Middle School and Two Rivers PCS Middle School.

The 200,000 free condoms distributed in schools are "available at the student’s request,” Roberts said via e-mail. “The Department provides condoms to school nurses and to other adult school staff through our Wrap MC program.

“The program trains school staff on sexual health and condoms,” Roberts said. “It encourages the adult staff to engage young people with information about their sexual health. There is no counseling requirement for the program.” On the Wrap M.C. website, however, it states that students can also be “certified” to “promote condom use among their piers.” D.C. schools receive more than 10 percent of their funding through the federal government.

Read more at CNSNews.com.

You can also read Brent Bozell's 2010 column on how one D.C. middle school sold sex, condoms, and transgenderism to middle schoolers.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
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