The rubbers that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health donated to the Boston Public Schools free condoms program have been returned due to messages on the packaging that some parents felt were far too suggestive for students.
The 40,000 condoms had wrappers with messages like “one lucky lady,” “hump one,” and “tasty one.”
Mother Stephanie Bode Ward went on Twitter to express her displeasure with the packaging by posting pictures of the wrappers. Ward also emailed the governor and the mayor.
“Right idea, wrong execution,” Ward told the Boston Globe. “I so fully support condoms in the schools, and it was incredibly courageous for BPS to adopt the policy.”
It’s unclear how many of the 40,000 condoms were taken before the recall.
“We understand why some people may have concerns about the design,” said school system spokesman Lee McGuire. “This is why we have already taken steps to replace this supply with a donation from the Boston Public Health Commission. We have already begun to distribute these different condoms to schools so there is no interruption in our overall comprehensive sexual health education effort.”
High school students have to undergo counseling on safe-sex practices to receive the condoms.
“We made the decision to take all of those condoms out of school circulation and to go with some that had different, generic wrappers,” Boston Public Schools spokesman Brian Ballou told WBZ NewsRadio on Thursday. “We received a new distribution of 20,000 that will go to schools immediately.”
[The Boston Globe]