MSNBC.com (05.24.12) - Friday, May 25, 2012
Condoms will be made available to students leaving the June 7
prom at Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School in
Brooklyn. A forum on protected sex - sponsored by NV
Healthcare, which is donating 500 condoms - and an essay
contest on the topic will be held a few days ahead of the
prom. The effort is part of BSPHS programming that includes
forums about safe sex and other sex education initiatives.
"As they leave the prom, they are welcome to [the condoms]. We
are not forcing it on anybody, but we want them to have that
option," said Darryl Rascoe, principal of BSPHS, a school of
130 students who have transferred there due to academic,
disciplinary or other difficulties.
Whatever may have happened before a student arrives at BSPHS,
"the first thing that should roll off your tongue when you say
Bed-Stuy Prep is college. We are trying to prepare you for
college and life," Rascoe said. BSPHS also houses a day-care
center for the young children of current students.
The BSPHS parent-coordinator has notified parents about the
prom initiative, Rascoe said. Other New York City high schools
allow students to request free condoms as part of HIV
"It's a great idea," a female senior said of the condom
giveaway. "You know, there are after-parties and stuff" where
unanticipated sexual situations may arise, she said.