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School Board Gives Out Condoms To Sixth Graders

GERVAIS, Ore. -- A school district in Marion County will allow some teachers to make condoms available to students as young as sixth-graders.

Superintendent Rick Hensel of the Gervais School District tells the Salem Statesman Journal the board is concerned about teen pregnancy. Nine girls got pregnant this year, about 5 percent of the girls in grades six through 12.

A report from nursing interns at Oregon Health & Science University a year ago showed 7 percent of high school girls had gotten pregnant.

Board minutes show it supported condom distribution, as long as it was done by trained professionals, but the minutes were not more specific.

Hensel says he assumes the responsibility will fall on health teachers.

Gervais is a town of about 2,500 people north of Salem.

(SOURCE Associated Press)