HHS Sex Ed Story Banned
'How To' Story On Condoms Banned From School Paper HOLMDEL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — School officials censored a student-run newspaper that ran several stories on sex education which were deemed inappropriate, including one that explained how to use a condom. Principal Richard White at Holmdel High School said he met with the eight-student editorial board of The Sting on Friday and agreed to allow the paper to publish without the three stories in question on Jan. 2, when classes resume. Craig LaCava, the newspaper's 18-year-old editor, said the articles were prompted by the 800-student school's inadequate sex education program. "We get a week of it freshman year, then a good course that lasts several weeks during senior year," LaCava said. "By then it's much, much too late." "We decided to do this because we think parents should know how uniformed their kids are about these things," he said. "We were very concerned about the pregnancy and abortion rate in our school." "I had agreed the students had a valid issue," said White. "But one article in particular, on skills and techniques of using a condom, was just inappropriate for a school newspaper." The articles, one each dealing with sexually transmitted diseases, sex education curriculum and condoms, were described by LaCava as "explicit but accurate." "It was our feeling that it had to be explicit," said LaCava. "There's no other word for penis." The newspaper staff had showed the articles to White the previous week, LaCava said, adding he left the meeting feeling that White was shocked but would still allow them to be published.