Thursday, October 18, 2007

Are You Kidding Me?

Normally I use my blog for cute pictures and intersting (if only to me) stories about me and my family. There are of course lots of things in this world that outrage me and once going I am sure I could rant with the best of them. I did just post yesterday and if you want something a little more uplifting feel free to skip this particular blog and scroll down to the next post. Believe me I won't be offended. With all that being said when I read this article on the internet I just had to speak out. I know no one who has the ability to change this policy will read my opinion and even if they did I am sure it would have little or no impact on the situation, yet I still felt the need to voice my concern. So here it is.....I just finished reading how one school district in Portland, Maine has decided by a vote of 7-2 it will now provide not only condoms but birth control pills as well as the birth control patch to that districts middle schools. YES, MIDDLE SCHOOLS!!! Not high schools, but middle schools. The ages of these CHILDREN are 11 to 13. I am sure to make everyone feel warm and fuzzy they did stipulate that parents must sign a waiver for their children to be seen by the clinic, but under state law such treatment is confidential, and students decide for themselves whether to tell their parents about the services they receive. So if you want your child to have the option of getting an aspirin just understand they also could ask for birth control pills and you would never know about it. It absolutely boggles my mind that school officials have the right to provide CHILDREN with not only contraceptives but with prescription medicine. I feel outraged and sick to my stomach at the thought of 11 year olds going to the school clinic in order to get birth control. So let me understand this correctly the school has no authority to allow students and teachers to pray but they do have the authority to hand out birth control? Are you kidding me????? On a side note when I read things like this I am SO THANKFUL to live in ultra conservative Rexburg, Idaho.

8 comments:

Suebee said...

Mandee, I hate to tell you but some of your facts are wrong. A child can't get an aspirin at school. The nurse can't give that out. I'm with you girl, go ahead and rant.

Mandee said...

Oh, they can't give an aspirin but they can give birth control??? Again...are you kidding me?

emma jo said...

Clark just told me about this and it makes me sick too. Instead of handing out permission to have sex casually why not teach parents and kids MORALS?!!! STOP HAVING SEX! Hey, lucky for most 11 year olds, they haven't even started menstruating yet, so why birth control? Geez.

Mandee said...

I just keep wondering why I am not seeing protests and people outraged over this. I mean eleven year olds! What middle school CHILD has the emotional capacity to make such a decision and yet SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS are saying go ahead...do it....everyone else is! Obviously teaching morals is out of the questions because we may offend someone by introducing the difference between right and wrong. Okay I have to stop because I am beginning to feel my blood boil!

enginerd said...

I read the same article and had the identical reaction. I believe a large portion of our public school system to be completely BROKE. Homeschool doesn't sound so bad...

Jessica said...

Yeah, you can get suspended for carrying aspirin, Advil, etc. to school. I really wonder about the demographic of the school. The idea of children that young being sexually active is so foreign to me. And yet, it must happen. Why can't all kids be socially retarded to the point that they don't date until college like I was? I don't even know what to think, let alone say/write.

Suebee said...

Alex is 11. It kills me.

Karen said...

Well, at least you found something to like about Rexburg....