Boston City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo had an interesting childhood.
"My neighbors," Arroyo told his colleagues at this week's council meeting, "threw condoms at us when me and my brothers were playing in the backyard."
Here's the context: City Councilor Ayanna Pressley filed a hearing order to examine Boston public schools' sex education programs. Pressley and others are pushing to create a compressive condom availability program because of a rise in teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
"I'm not advocating for condom distribution," Pressley said. "I'm advocating for increased condom availability."
His father, Felix D. Arroyo, served on Boston School Committee in the 1990s at the time condoms first became available in some high schools.
"I just remember the storm of controversy that created even just for me walking through the schools," said Arroyo, who supports Pressley's efforts.
He added, "teachers -- who will remain unnamed -- actually thought it appropriate to give an opinion on a policy of a member of the Boston School Committee while I'm sitting there trying to learn Latin."
"There is no word for condom in Latin, by the way," Arroyo said.
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