Southlake Community News and Voices (02.26.13)
The Students and Parents Against Risks to Kids (SPARK) will discuss STDs at its next meeting at Carroll High School on March 7. According to SPARK Co-Chair Laura Hill, one of the association’s goals is to give students input on the choice of topics. After a group of girls went to their school counselors requesting STDs as a topic, the counselors called SPARK because they knew the organization had a large resource outreach. The meeting will feature a discussion led by Dr. Jason Terk of Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Hill explained that the plan is for “a common-sense conversation” with parents and high-school-aged youth, and that the meeting will be informative but not graphic. She noted that parents who wanted to know more about the subject will find the meeting a comfortable place to do so. Hill acknowledged that there is a need for this type of conversation as there is a lack of knowledge. Also, teens may have friends with problems who do not know how to talk to their parents. SPARK Co-Chair Suzanne Maisto commented that the organization has featured sensitive topics before, including date rape and sexting.