As all who have read my posts recently have seen, the state of Massachusetts seems to get put up on here a lot. Now I am not about forcing anyone to do anything, but in at least one of these things, when some one wants to voluntarily do something, why should they be told no? Here are updates about the 1st Graders receiving condoms and the Pledge. Scott
Student Sean Harrington appears to have won his fight to bring the Pledge of Allegiance back into his Massachusetts high school — except the principal’s proposed solution leaves the daily honor to the nation’s flag literally hanging in the hall.
Charles Skidmore, principal of Arlington High School in Arlington, Mass., has offered to allow students to recite the pledge before school begins — but in the school’s foyer and not in the classrooms, as 17-year-old Harrington had hoped.
Kathleen Bodie, Arlington superintendent of schools, told Fox News Radio that “The principal wanted to be very respectful about the pledge and be sensitive to the Supreme Court ruling that students are not forced to say the pledge. He wanted to be sensitive to the diverse group of students we have.”
The superintendent of a Provincetown, Mass., school district is apologizing to parents for what she calls a misunderstanding over a condom availability policy.
In an e-mailed letter sent out on Tuesday, Superintendent Beth Singer said that the district will clarify that elementary school-age students won’t be able to get a condom if they request one from the school nurse.
The condom distribution policy — approved by the Provincetown school board unanimously on June 8 — allows all district students to get access to free condoms without parental notification and does not specify a minimum age or grade level for who can be given condoms.
The open-ended language and lack of parental control resulted in the attention of conservative organizations and national media. Massachusetts Family Institute said the move would give children as young as 6 access to condoms. “Making condoms available to first-graders bullies parents to submit to an agenda that promotes sexual promiscuity to innocent children at their most vulnerable age,” the group stated in a press release.