Oregon School District OKs Teachers Giving Condoms To Sixth Graders

By: Leezel Tanglao
By: Leezel Tanglao

GERVAIS, Ore. (CBS) -- Students as young as sixth grade in an Oregon school district will soon be able to get condoms from some teachers.

The Gervais School District, which is located about 30 miles south of Portland, has moved forward with a new plan to allow specific teachers to distribute condoms to students who ask for one.

The move comes after an Oregon Health & Science University study a year ago found that 7 percent of Gervais High School's female students had become pregnant.

"The decision was made to allow some specified teachers to have condoms that they could distribute after a discussion with the student," Gervais School District Superintendent Rick Hensel told the Statesman Journal Thursday.

The policy is expected to kick in next fall.

Calls and emails to Hensel from CBS News requesting comment were not immediately returned.

Hensel told Statesman Journal that this school year alone, nine girls became pregnant, or 5 percent of girls in grades six through 12.

The district's total enrollment is a little over 1,000 students across five schools.

The study also highlighted that 42 percent of Gervais High School students said they "never" or only "sometimes" use any protection against STDs or pregnancy.

Gervais School Board Member Molly McCargar told CBS affiliate KOIN that said she supports the making condoms available to students who ask a teacher for one.

"It is great for parents. I'm a parent of four girls. The conversations have started and they will continue -- unfortunately not all of our kids have that support at home," McCargar told KOIN.

But not all parents are on board with the idea.

"I just disagree with it. I don't think elementary kids should be around it. I just disagree with it," parent Kim Hults told the station.
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