November 6, 2012 by SquarePegDem
Guest editorial – Deborah Sucich, Proud Parents of Staten Island
City refuses to warn teens about sexual activity
Published: Monday, November 05, 2012, 12:15 AM Updated: Monday, November 05, 2012, 12:15 AM
By Letters to the Editor/Staten Island Advance By DEBORAH SUCICH ELTINGVILLE
I read about Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s condolences to the family of Felicia Garcia and was quite disturbed because his approval of the CATCH program at Port Richmond High School will undoubtedly require him to do the same with countless young students who will die from the side effects of sexual activity,hormonal contraceptives,and Plan B birth-control pills being dispensed without parental consent to minors.
The impact of sexual activity among teens on suicide rates can no longer be ignored. We can talk about bullying prevention all we want,but to ignore the underlying causes of teen suicide will not help the problem and be dishonoring to the two girls on Staten Island whose recent tragedies never would have occurred otherwise.
A 2003 Heritage Foundation study reports that girls who are sexually active are over two times more likely to commit suicide and over three times more likely to suffer from depression. Girls are nearly three more likely and boys eight times more likely to attempt suicide. Why does the city refuse to teach the harms of sexual activity on teens?
Parents need to opt out of the CATCH program and ALL Staten Islanders are needed to sign the petition opposing CATCH at www.NYCParentsChoice.org