Who would be foolish enough to present a group of teenagers with free tickets to a movie containing lots of excitement and sex, and expect them not to use those tickets? If you add in the additional enticement of having parents who forbid them to see the show, you only strengthen the odds that they will disobey.
Such is the nature of most teenagers. They are impulsive bundles of raging hormones, eager to experience life in all its facets. They feel they are mature enough to handle any situation. When forbidden to do something by parents or other authority figures, it is practically guaranteed that they will do it at the first opportunity.
When a school distributes condoms to a class of teenagers, it is implicitly informing them that knowledgeable adults, the members of the School Board, and school officials, expect that they will be sexually active in the near future.
Teenagers love to brag, especially the boys, and their tales of conquest are not necessarily true. The quieter students may receive the impression that if they do not make use the condoms, they will be out of step with their peers. For teens, there is nothing worse than being “different”. Fitting in with the group is very important. They may conclude that, to fit in with their peers, they’ll have to become sexually active.
If parents have strongly discouraged the practice, the natural rebelliousness of the teen years will only propel him or her into sexual activity that much sooner.
In most schools today, sex education lessons begin in elementary school. This is a worthwhile strategy. Ignorance in reproductive matters is the most dangerous enemy of all. When they enter high school, most teens have already had at least four years of sex education lessons. If they are then handed free means of birth control by the teacher, can they be forgiven for thinking that the implied message is, “Now, you can practice what you’ve learned.”
In fact, the CDC reports that condoms are not foolproof. When used properly and consistently, they are effective in preventing some STDs and in reducing the risk of HPV, the virus associated with cervical cancer. However, they are only 98 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. In inexperienced teenage hands, fumbling in the heat of passion, will condoms always be used properly and consistently?
Although they may be physically mature enough to engage in sexual activity, teenagers are not ready to handle the possible consequences. They are not prepared to leave school, and start a family if the girl becomes pregnant.
A teenage boy is not yet able to support himself, much less a wife and baby. Many young men panic and flee when they find themselves embroiled in such a situation.
This leaves the girl with the difficult choice. She will have to confess to her parents, carry the baby for nine months, and probably disrupt her education, or she will have to kill her child through abortion and live with the guilt for the rest of her life.
Teens should not be given means for birth control at school. Sex education? Yes. Lots of co-ed activities? Yes. Homework, community involvement, sports, volunteerism? By all means. Teens need to be kept busy and involved from dawn to dusk.
However, they shouldn’t be presented with illegal drugs to use, tobacco products, tickets to pornographic movies or birth control devices, especially at school, where officials and staff are supposed to have their best interests at heart.