School Takes Kids to Fair, and Kids Come Home with CONDOMS!
Fair organizers get surprise: group gives students condoms
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) School officials and organizers of a health fair for middle-school students got a surprise when they learned an AIDS education group was handing out condoms.
Scott Eggebrecht's 14-year-old son, an eighth-grader at John Muir Middle School, was one of the students who brought home a condom from the event.
"He said, 'Look what they gave us,'" Eggebrecht, said. "He was real honest. ... I was just shocked that he came home with it."
About 1,150 students attended the fair Thursday at North Central Health Care, which was designed to teach about dangerous effects of using alcohol and drugs.
More than 33 displays created by community organizations were featured, said Sue Nowak of North Central Health Care, who organized the event.
Roger Rindo, director of secondary education for the Wausau School District, said Monday that administrators did not know workers with the Schofield office of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin would be giving out the condoms.
Organizers and teachers stopped the distribution once they found out it was happening, and the district sent a letter to parents Friday with an explanation.
The center also apologized.
"It was done in error," Nowak said. "They were very apologetic. ... The group was just too young to be handing out condoms."
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I remember moving into a new house when my son was in 3rd grade. A little boy that lived next door came over and started to help. I was so impressed! He was the same age as my son. Once we got all unpacked, I went to meet our new neighbors. My son and I walked over to meet this boys parents and introduce ourselves. The father answered the door with a half empty bottle of vodka in his hand and reeking of pot. He began to tell me how he stayed at home with the 5 kids while mom worked. I was in a hurry to leave so I didn't even step into the house. I quickly announced that we needed to get dinner started and before I could turn to go, he started telling me (with my son standing right next to me, and all 5 of his kids surrounding him) how he smoked pot, but only the oldest girl (14) knew about it. My jaw just hit the ground. I quickly said, "Not anymore pal. You just announced it. Not only did I not want to hear it, I sure didn't want you talking about it in front of my son. Your kids are welcome to come play at our house, but my son will not be aloud in your home." As I headed down the porch steps, he proceded to tell me how I insulted him. AMAZING! Now I had to have a discussion with my EIGHT YEAR OLD ABOUT POT! BUT HE WAS OFFENDED????!!