I've been listening to the media today and I for one am horrified that this is going to happen in our public schools in this nation. Now, I'm not a spring chicken, so maybe I'm out of touch, but I doubt it. Some things just don't change. This is my concern, so if you're interested in reading a perspective from a grandmother of two girls, then read on. I was ten when I started my first period, I know I was really young. My mom, at the time when I was entering into puberty, began my education on sex and having babies. She did it tastefully and informed me of where children come from and how you arrive in that condition. So, I know what it was like to be educated at an early age. Now that you have that information, maybe you will agree with me on what I am about to say. Kids at the age of ten and eleven are not able to handle emotionally the act of having sex and all the ramifications that are affiliated with the act. I mean, having the responsibility of putting on the condom, taking the pill at the same time daily, all that it entails, they are not ready to take on at that young of an age. Goodness, kids should be allowed to be kids for heaven's sake. Also, there's the argument that some parents aren't doing their jobs in teaching their kids about sex and the STD's they can come in contact with. So, let's turn it over to the schools by parents signing away their responsibility to the schools. Now, when I was in school, kids used to forge their parent's signatures all the time to be let out early from class, missed school days because of "illness" or a "doctor appointment". I'm sure your school days experiences had the same kids who had the nerve to forge signatures. It's not out of the realm of possibility kids now will do the same to gain access to the school health clinic in order to get those condoms and birth control pills.
Now, as far as the birth control pills are concerned. I started on the pill shortly before my wedding when I was the age of 18, nearing 19 years of age. I gained ten pounds almost overnight. I was monitored by my gynocologist thereafter. So, how is the pill going to effect a small girl of ten or eleven? I don't think it will be a positive experience for the girls physically. Then, when they do have sex at that age since they are "protected", will they begin to have mental problems because they find out they weren't psychologically ready for such an adult activity? Will the schools then be handing out the pills to ward off depression and other mental maladies? Is this right? I don't think so! I think schools need to keep out of the lives of kids as far as enabling them to have sex. Parents need to be reported instead of schools giving them birth control pills and condoms. If parents aren't up to doing their job, then the kids should be taken away from them. If parents aren't keeping their kids safe, then the kids should not be in their care. Now, you may say that putting kids into Foster homes and in Child Protective Services isn't the answer, but what else is there? If parents won't do their jobs, then the kids need to be taken away from them and given to those who can. If they should be taken and given to grandparents, then so be it. I know this sounds harsh, but come on, people need to grow up and take responsibility. States should not allow what the schools in Maine are doing. If you have any reasonable argument to this, post it. I'd like to hear it. If you agree, then I'd like to hear that as well.