SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - The San Francisco school board has approved a controversial proposal that provides free condoms to middle school students.
Both sides of the issue packed into the unified school district meeting Tuesday night.
Some parents who object to the proposal, found themselves at odds with other parents and teachers.
The school board voted unanimously in favor the measure, after a lengthy public comment session.
"Even though the state mandates minors access to medical care and prevention of STI (sexually transmitted infections) and pregnancy, there's no mention that schools has to be ones to do it," said Josephine Zhao, Chinese American Democratic Club.
"But I do want to make sure that those who are, have the precautions, have the supplies they need to stay safe, and are able to talk to caring adults in their school," said Christopher Pepper, teacher and parent.
Condoms are already available at San Francisco high schools.
Under this new policy, middle school students must talk to a school nurse or social worker in order to receive condoms.
Parents cannot take their children out of this program, as juveniles in California do not need parental permission to receive pregnancy prevention.