Baltimore Sun (07/02/92), P. 1G
Parents in Carroll County, Md., oppose a video used to educate students
about AIDS, saying it does not sufficiently stress abstinence.
Approximately 150 parents attended a screening of "Teen AIDS in Focus"
yesterday and completed surveys as to whether the school board should
permit its use in ninth-grade health education classes. Questions and
comments afterward suggested the majority opposed the showing of the
film. Another screening will be held on Tuesday before the Board of
Education votes July 15. Board President Cheryl McFalls already has
indicated disapproval for the film. A group of parents have pressured
the board to withdraw this video and approve another, "No Second Chance,"
which encourages abstinence from premarital sex as the best means to
prevent HIV infection. One parent said that "Teen AIDS" mentioned
condoms and safe sex 13 times, and abstinence only once. However, school
officials have said that the video mentions abstinence more than once,
and emphasized that speakers and teachers would use the film to discuss
abstinence, which is the school system's policy. Some other parents said
the film would facilitate discussion among teens. Because permission
slips are mandatory before viewing, one parent said, "If you don't want
your kid to see it, don't sign the permission slip."