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Parents Demand Removal of Candy From High School Condom Kits

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An AIDS Services group is reportedly removing candy from safe-sex kits distributed to high school students in Swanzey, N.H., after outraged parents lodged complaints with the local school district.

According to WMUR-TV, parents of students at Monadnock High School said they were outraged after learning that the "safe sex" packages distributed to their kids contained not just condoms, but fruit-flavored lubricant and candies, as well.

The kits were reportedly made available to students in December as part of a World AIDS Day presentation. Officials of the Monadnock Regional School District say they were not previously aware of the contents of the kits and have now banned them after outraged parents voiced their concerns.

From now on, parents will be notified when controversial programs are presented in the schools, one school board member told WMUR.

Susan MacNeil, director of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region, says the lubricant was intended to prevent condoms from breaking and that the candy is "just a piece of candy." MacNeil dismisses the notion that the candy was intended to entice kids to have sex.

Closing question: If Happy Meal toys supposedly entice kids to eat unhealthy foods, exactly what kind of message were they trying to send to kids about sex by including candy? Further, what kind of message does doling out condoms to kids send??

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