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Racy condom wrappers create controversy in BPS

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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) - Boston Public Schools are working to replace condoms handed out to high school students, after parents complained about racy messages written on the wrappers.

"I think it's a little bit disrespectful,” said Hidalg Elis, student.

"That just makes it seem like they are lucky to have sex. Like it's a privilege to them, that bothers me,” said Michael Tutein, student.

Just this past year, Boston school leaders voted to make condoms available to high school students after they receive counseling on safe sex. Parents can opt out their child if they wish.

Forty-thousand condoms were donated from the Department of Public Health, but no one imagined they would have the racy wrapping.

"We don't think very many were actually distributed, because our nurses did a great job making sure those were not the ones actually being handed out. But just the fact that they were in schools was a problem,” said Lee Mcguire, Boston Public Schools.

School administrators are looking into how the attention grabbing condoms got passed out in the first place.

"…We want to make sure this doesn't happen again. We were really happy to get this donation from the state back in the fall. I think now we just want to make sure this doesn't happen again. We can replace them with a new supply that is more traditional, more standard...and that's what we're doing moving forward,” Mcguire said.

A Boston-based business makes the condoms and they offered to replace them with new condoms that are more age appropriate.

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