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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Carroll Parents Object to AIDS Film for Students
Haddad, Anne
July 2, 1992
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."