6.19.2008

Pregnancy Pact Quadruples Teen Pregnancies at MA High School

I'm not even sure what to say about this other than it is so incredibly bizarre, pathetic and sad on many levels... A high school in Massachusetts has seen high school pregnancies rise to quadruple last year's rate. At the heart of it, a pregnancy pact. It seems as though many teens at Gloucester High thought kids were so great they made a pact to all get pregnant and raise their kids together. And no, I'm not making this up.

There are currently 17 expectant students at the high school of 1,200. If you assume that roughly 1/2 the those students are female, and of those 17 are pregnant, then almost 3% of female population is pregnant. I'm highlighting the female population because not all of the fathers were students; reportedly one of the father's was a 24 year old homeless man. And no, I'm not making that up either. They just really wanted to get pregnant.

From Time Magazine online:
As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting babies—more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last year. Some adults dismissed the statistic as a blip. Others blamed hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up for glamorizing young unwed mothers. But principal Joseph Sullivan knows at least part of the reason there's been such a spike in teen pregnancies in this Massachusetts fishing town. School officials started looking into the matter as early as October after an unusual number of girls began filing into the school clinic to find out if they were pregnant. By May, several students had returned multiple times to get pregnancy tests, and on hearing the results, "some girls seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were," Sullivan says. All it took was a few simple questions before nearly half the expecting students, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. Then the story got worse. "We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy," the principal says, shaking his head.

I really have trouble even wrapping my mind around this. Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad.

1 comment:

  1. This blew my mind when I first heard about it. Sad indeed.

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