As a new resident to South Burlington, I was wondering if the lovely people of this city knew what their school board was doing? They have a policy in the high school to distribute condoms to any boy who wants them 12 years and up for sexual pleasure, without a parent’s consent!

Since the age of consent in Vermont is 16 years, therefore, the school is contributing to the delinquency of a minor! That’s bad enough, but my next question is, what happens if the condom fails? And it has been known to happen. What happens to the 12 or 13-year-old-girl? Because let’s face it… she’s not going to tell her parents! So does handing out condoms also mean helping a child get an abortion? Another moral dilemma for some people/parents.

The school is taking away parents’ rights under the premise of keeping children safe.

That is sound school policy… unless the sexual activity is taking place on school property! What happens outside of school is the parent’s concern, not the school’s!

This policy is morally and ethically wrong! I also believe it’s legally wrong!

As a parent and a grandparent, I would be consulting a lawyer, as the school board is usurping my rights as a parent!

JoAnne Blinston

South Burlington

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