Parents can see AIDS tape

June 17, 1992

The Board of Education has scheduled two public showings of a nine-minute videotape proposed for use in high school freshman health classes.

Board members delayed a vote on the tape last week until parents had a chance to see it and comment.

"Teen AIDS in Focus" will be shown at 3 p.m. July 1 and 7:30 p.m. July 7 in the second-floor cafeteria at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

The documentary shows several teen-agers and young adults

who have AIDS, including a young mother who passed the disease to her baby.

Although most of the teens in the video say they got AIDS through heterosexual contact, the film also includes a gay man invited to talk to a high school class about his disease.

Some board members and parents so far have complained that the video shows homosexuals and that it does not emphasize abstinence.

However, school officials say the tape will help make teens

realize they are not invulnerable.

Officials stress that teachers would use the tape as a springboard for discussion, clarifying that abstinence is the only sure way to avoid infection.

The video has been approved by a screening committee of parents, school staff and clergy.

Anyone who is unable to attend the screenings but would like additional information may contact Marjorie Lohnes, supervisor of home economics and health, at 848-8280.

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