Earlier today, I watched “Robin and Company” (which is usually my routine if and when I wake up earlier than 6AM), and a story caught my eye: It involved the faculty of Maine’s King Middle School Health Center approving the distribution of birth control pills and patches to their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, making this school the first in the state to distribute a full range of birth control. At first I thought, “Well, it’s a problem, but as long as the parents are consented, I don’t see why not.” But I didn’t pay attention the first time the story came up; I had to watch it repeatedly just to overcome the shock, stemming from the fact that parents wouldn’t have to be consented. I… went… BALLISTIC!!!!
Now, I don’t have kids, nor do I plan to have any in the near future or anytime (plus I’m only 21), but I decided to take the chance and actually evaluate, putting myself in a parent’s shoes. Although I see nothing wrong with any type of contraception in general, if I had a young daughter that attended a school (either a middle or high school) that happened to be giving away birth control pills like candy, my child would be snatched out of that school faster than Paris Hilton could say, “Ethiopia”!
What I’m trying to say, really, is that I don’t think a school faculty should be putting children’s’ lives into their own hands, being that there are so much more cons outweighing the pros when it come to various types of birth control. It was stated that the school was already distributing condoms, but I have two general questions for anyone and everyone to ask themselves: Why isn’t there a more efficient way for people to explain to their children sexual responsibility (if they’re going to be sexually active)? And why are kids as young as 12 years old having sex in the first place?
I remember, when I was at that age, I didn’t know what oral sex was until 8th grade, and even at that age, it sounded gross. I was still at a stage where girls and boys still innocently beat up each other and thought one another was gross (although I developed fairly early); yet now even a four-year-old knows more than a sexologist, which scares me to death. I’m still a virgin; yet at an alarming rate, teens who develop early, and still aren’t used to their bodies yet, are losing theirs at 10. Frightening.
And when it comes to giving children birth control, it’s scary to think of what these young girls and ladies are doing to themselves. They’re still developing, and using birth control could derail their journey through puberty. Plus, this teaches them that it’s OK to be sexually irresponsible and to go ahead and use condoms without using condoms; and I thought my fellow college-mates were bad with sex, drugs, and booze. Another problem is that The Pill and “The Patch” carries with it serious risks, such as (like I see on the commercials) blood clots, stroke, and heart attack. Now, God forbid, if one of those young ladies at King Middle School in Portland, Maine, happens to suffer either a debilitating stroke or a fatal heart attack, the responsibility falls into the hands of the school, and I think the parents should get together and get the Board of Education and/or the local government involved when it come to giving children medication that should only be distributed with a prescription.
In a final note, I hope that there will come a time where the lines of communication between parents and their children are clearer, and children, teens, and young people will learn to be more responsible with not only their bodies, but in general. Then maybe the number of teenage pregnancies will decrease, for sure. And we would have confident children walking this earth for generations to come.