Florida High School Student Suspended for Wearing T-Shirt Covered in Condoms, Distributing Condoms in School
November 4, 2003
A Kissimmee, Fla., high school student on Friday was suspended for wearing to school a T-shirt covered in packaged condoms and distributing the condoms to students, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Lanessa Riobe, a 16-year-old student at Osceola High School, on Friday taped colorful packaged condoms on her shirt and allowed fellow students to remove them, distributing 50 condoms by 8:30 a.m., according to the Sentinel. After Riobe's first-period teacher contacted school administrators about Riobe's shirt and actions, they suspended her for three days for being a "class disruption and having an insolent attitude," the Sentinel reports. Osceola High School Principal Chuck Paradiso later shortened the suspension to one day but said that Riobe's distribution of condoms violated the school's abstinence-based sex education position. He said, "By passing out condoms, you're acknowledging having sex," according to the Sentinel. "That's just not something you do in a public school," Paradiso said (deLuzuriaga, Orlando Sentinel, 11/1).
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