Skip to comments.Maine Middle School May Drug 11 Year Old Girls with Birth Control Patches
Posted on 04/07/2008 3:42:34 AM PDT by Man50D
(NaturalNews) A middle school in Portland, Maine is considering a proposal to provide birth control pills and patches to students as young as 11 years old. King Middle School launched a reproductive health program after five of the 135 students who visited the school's health center in 2006 reported being sexually active. The program already provides condoms to students, but the new proposal would expand this to include prescriptions for birth control pills and patches (which would then have to be purchased at a pharmacy).
The contraceptives could be dispensed without the knowledge of parents, although written permission would be required for children to receive (unspecified) services from the health center.
The proposed program has attracted controversy, with some people accusing the schools of taking away parental power and encouraging children to have sex too early. But school officials dispute these claims.
"We do certainly sit down and speak with them about why [being sexually active] is not a good choice," said Amanda Rowe, the school's nurse coordinator. "But there are some who persist... and they need to be protected."
Logan Levkoff, a sexologist and relationship expert, said that while the school may be stepping into a role that would better be filled by parents, many parents do not feel comfortable enough to do so. "Parents should be the sex educator for their children," Levkoff said. "The problem is not every parent feels empowered [to do so]."
Parents interviewed by ABC News were split on their feelings about the proposal.
"I don't think I would want my child in middle school to be getting birth control pills unless I had something to do with it," one woman said.
But another woman, a mother, disagreed: "I think that education at that age is appropriate because our culture is saturated with messages about sex," she said.
I hope they get sued. I’m not allowed to send an aspirin to school with my daughter but the school has a right to medicate her without my permission, or even my knowledge?
As long as it’s regarding sex, it seems the schools have unlimited discretion to do, say, or give anything they want to the kids.
What’s next? Will they provide a bed and some private time for the kids who want to have sex?
...after five of the 135 students who visited the school's health center in 2006 reported statutory rape....
And I’m sure B/C hormones don’t affect the development of girls going through puberty...
This is madness. We are killing ourselves with chemicals.
Given the recent opinions of California judicial activists, East Coast government indoctrination camp kommissars - excuse me, I meant "public school superintendents" - and ACLU lawyers, who can blame them?
And what in blue blazes it is of the school’s that anyone is sexually active or not? Not to mention just because someone says they are or aren’t doesn’t mean they’re telling the truth.
Parents don't feel empowered? Well, the solution is obviously to take all power away from parents and give it to the schools. That'll help. [/s]
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Science and the MSM won’t admit that the chemicals in Birth Control Pills/Patches cause cancer.
Anybody else notice the dramatic increase in women’s cancer begining about 20 years after the introduction of the pill?
Has the school bothered to determine how many of the sexual partners of these children are adults? Or are they just going to provide birth control and look the other way?
Instead, they're trying to become medical clinics handing out medicine by a school nurse and LEO by strip searching 13 year old girls for contraband Advil.
They’ll get sued as soon as the adverse health affects of being on hormones hits these girls.
Wait until you see this one. I am so glad to get my child out of the school’s hands. Why they think they have the right to give my child at 11 yrs old birth control is not ok with me.
Not if I were on your jury.
Not likely, and probably.
“...they need to be protected.”
...from the consequences of their own actions, which forms the basis for the entire nanny-state movement. If the birth control doesn’t work, they can be ‘protected’ by an abortion. If that doesn’t work, there is always AFDC and welfare.
Perhaps an even better way to ‘protect’ them would be a large box of diapers and baby wipes, a supply of injectable antibiotics for the treatment of STD, and an alarm clock which wakes them up at three hour intervals in preparation for infant care. And a list of available minimum wage jobs, which is all they will ever qualify for.
Hump and get STD’s kids, that’s OK. But we don’t want you to be punished with a child, no way.
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The left is just implementing its agenda. They seek to have everyone having sex with everyone else, with no responsibility involved, and to strip parents of their influence over the moral code of their children. (but they still want the parent’s money)
Well, we wouldn’t want to inconvenience their mother’s boyfriends. I mean, they might have to drop these little girls off at Planned Parenthood.
“The contraceptives could be dispensed without the knowledge of parents, although written permission would be required for children to receive (unspecified) services from the health center.”
WTF? What does that mean, maybe yes and maybe no? Sheesh, why don’t they just say, “hey, we’re the school board, we’ll do whatever we want.”
“WTF? What does that mean, maybe yes and maybe no? Sheesh, why dont they just say, hey, were the school board, well do whatever we want.”
It means that once you’ve given permission for them to receive any kind of care. Such as an upset stomach or actual medical emergency they can do anything they want without the parents permission or knowledge.
They tried this a few months ago and were beat down. They are just trying another time. Anyone who admits knowing a child was raped and didn’t report it should be boiled in oil.
This coming after a thread last week where some (including some of FReepers) actually think that it is appropriate to strip search a thirteen year old girl because she might be taking ibuprofen for cramps.
I also was noticing where it said that the pills or patches would have to be purchased at a pharmacy. The sex positive crowd will try to circumvent that at the first opportunity, they will cry about how it will put an "burden" on these girls because they will have to get money and go to a pharmacy.
Logan Levkoff, children of 11 years of age shouldn't be having sex.
But perhaps you already knew that, being a sexologist and relationship expert.
I’m getting mixed messages. Is this an attempt to control drugs, of all kinds, at public schools? Or, is this an attempt for a school nurse to have carte blanche in the unhappy event that a child needs to see the school nurse for [anything at all, fill in the blank(?)]
IOW, one trip for a flu fever and the child is ‘A-listed for [whatever, strip search, etc.(?)] I don’t think it’s wise for a school nurse to be dispensing anything to a child. Not aspirin, motrin, pamprin, mydol, nothing.
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As far as I know its primarily designed to push birth control and the morning after pill. Abortions are probably also discussed (just my guess). IMO it has nothing to do with the health of the child and more about taking control of the child.
There’s a boy in our ‘hood, about 12 I guess, who’s dad shooed him away one day when I drove by and waved at him. This is a dad who has lost trust for the very kinds of reasons as presented here.
And why shouldn’t he? If coaches dispense steroids to athletes, how is that different from dispensing birth control to girls? Other than, they’re both WRONG?
It’s wrong for public schools to place teachers in that ‘trust’ role, particularly given that more and more of them are having sex with their students! Before I get flamed, let’s not get gender specific here.
Wait, maybe that’s what this is about! An ‘acceptable’ way for the lusty women teachers to get their mitts on the patch so they won’t have ‘baby bumps’ giving away their indiscretions. After all, that’s how welfare happened [’to remove the stigma of the bastard child,’ my lily white one!]
The fact is that all kids in school NEED to take medications for various reasons at one time or another and for younger children in elementary school it might be necessary for a nurse or a teacher to at least be aware of this to make sure they are taken properly. However, I think that middle school and high school students should be responsible enough to have over the counter medicines like asprin, etc. or prescriptions that are prescribed to them.
I don't think that school clinics (which generally don't have physicians) should be prescribing ANYTHING. If a child needs to be prescribed something, their parent should be present to find out exactly what it is for and if it's even necessary.
What about this? Let’s assume for a minute that a growing number of parents are fed up with this kind of thing and remand their kids to parochial or private schools. BUT, this won’t prevent them from having to pay taxes the same as they would if their kids were in public school.
So, what are the taxing entities doing with the extra tax dollars??? I’m betting there’s a surplus, even after the free breakfast and lunch and the school nurse pharmacy they’re trying to set up.
I’m beginning to think The Fair Tax is the only hope we have.
Can’t a school nurse be prosecuted for failure to report clear evidence of child abuse and neglect? Such as statutory rape?
But none of this is accidental. They’re getting the results they planned for. See tagline.
I don’t think I was clear. I mean, if a child has prescribed medications, the nurse has to be informed about it, and may dispense what a DOCTOR has prescribed. But, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have the nurse handing out anything that the parents haven’t provided, except for maybe a bandaid or some bacitracin. Birth control products are not OTC and a nurse isn’t certified to prescribe them. For that, a PA is needed.
Stupid leftists think there is no connection between incentive and behavior choices.
SATANIC leftists KNOW there is a connection, and know the misery their policies cause, but do it anyway in order to further their own power.
This is how every “liberal” policy works:
1) There is maybe 1 in 1000 experiencing the consequences of a behavior that they may or may not have had control of.
2) The left forces other people, through the government, to pay for (alleviate) the consequences so that the individual does not experience those consequences (thereby removing the pressure to make other decisions).
3) Obviously, to us at least, the incidence of these behavioral choices increase.
4) Libs are surprised that “the problem was worse than we thought!” and demand expanded consequence alleviation policies.
5) Go to step 2.
And you’re right - the left doesn’t respect ANY freedoms except those that are associated with sex.
Planned Parenthood has been caught on tape telling a “13 yr old” not to disclose that her boyfriend who impregnated her was 22.
Bottom line, in your scenario, would be those with the ability to avoid the consequences of shoplifting would be
A) More likely to engage in shoplifting
B) Less likely to engage in shoplifting
C) No effect on the likelihood of shoplifting
Liberals would pick C 9 times out of 10.
I agree. I could also see where it would make sense to have the parents sign a release where they would specify EXACTLY what OTC medications their child can be given (asprin, mydol, etc.) and the school be LIMITED to what is on the list. But I really don’t see the harm in allowing older students (say 12 and up) to have things like asprin or Advil in their backpacks or purses.
I thought that BY LAW they were required to report even SUSPECTED abuse. And here they're aiding and abetting known abuse?
That is soooooo wrong on so many levels.
I don’t think that there are many OTC pills that still come in a gelcap; however, kids who are going to bring illegal drugs will do it anyway.
That is the reasoning school officials use for banning any and all drugs- Zero tolerance. Reality is schools were able to handle this sort of thing when I was in school. We were allowed to have our prescriptions and OTC meds, but any suspected illegal drug use and school officials called in police and notified parents to handle it. At some point schools began to take on the role of law enforcement and parents and in many cases refused to call in law enforcement even if a student was caught dead-bang with illegal drugs at school. Students quickly got the message that schools would not report them to LEOs so felt free to possess, use, and distribute drugs at school.
There was an incident at our high school a few years ago when two girls were caught red-handed smoking pot in the bathroom. The school’s reaction was to treat it as a rule infraction and notify parents and suspend the students for 5 days. The mother of one of the girls was a police officer and when she arrived at the school she pointed out that what the girls did was illegal and they should be reported to police and fact those consequences in addition to school actions. The school refused to involve police and she took her own daughter into custody and took her to jail for booking.
Most of the issues with drugs in schools is of their own making- schools need to focus on education and let LEO handle illegal activities. School officials are not trained to deal with illegal activities and they prove it over and over with their wacky responses to the zero tolerance rules.
Using their reasoning, they should offer "make-out rooms" too. I guess anything to keep the abortion mills in business.