The Claremont School District has created a committee to address the risky sexual behavior of the district’s middle and high school students.
Despite New Hampshire’s lowest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, Sullivan County’s numbers are quite the opposite, prompting officials in Washington to alot federal funding to address the issue.
According to the Eagle Times, a poll conducted in 2013 found that 47 percent of the district’s students had engaged in sexual intercourse – about 5-percent higher than the state average – and that only 54-percent of those students said they used a condom during their last sexual experience.
The district plans to engage students in an open dialogue about safe sexual behavior, and ideally create an atmosphere that encourages student-led discussions. Teen pregnancy rates in Manchester and Nashua are also well above the state average.