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NEW YORK: School Plans Condom Giveaway for Prom (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 prevention efforts.

"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.


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