Thursday December 20, 2012

I am writing in response to the Dec. 8 article "Condom Fliers Spark Criticism" by John Sakata.

I too have a daughter at Pittsfield High School in the Girls Inc. program run by Sarah Gillooly. This class is an optional class that she takes in place of her gym class. She needed a signed permission slip to participate.

The class addressed pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, self-esteem, and ways to say no if girls are not ready to become sexually active. If they do choose to become sexually active they have the information that they need to prevent STDs and pregnancy.

Berkshire County has a higher teen birth rate than the state average, according to the Berkshire County United Ways’ statistics. All students need to be educated so that they may keep themselves safe.

As a parent and teen parent educator, if these materials are going to help reduce unplanned pregnancies and STDs, then they should be readily available to those who choose to utilize this vital information. SHANNA CURLEY-

GRAHAM

Pittsfield