Monday, June 23, 2008

7 Teenagers make pregnancy pact?

I just had to share this story. I am sure many of you have heard about the seven teenage girls who supposedly made a pact to all get pregnant. One of the girls reportedly slept with a homeless man to get the deed done. It is obviously very disturbing to parents. The mayor is now refuting the story from Time Magazine.

Here's part of the original story:
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.

Here's the latest from CNN:

The mayor of Gloucester, Massachusetts says there is no evidence a group of girls at the city's high school made a pact to become pregnant. After a closed-door meeting with city, school and health leaders, Mayor Carolyn Kirk, said there was no independent confirmation of any plan among the teens to get pregnant and raise their babies together.

The principal who first told Time magazine of such a pact was not invited to the meeting. Kirk says Joseph Sullivan is now "foggy in his memory" as to how he first heard the information.
This year, 17 girls have become pregnant, four times the typical number of Gloucester High students who become pregnant.

But the superintendent of schools pointed out that Time magazine failed to distinguish between a pact to get pregnant together, and a pact to deal with pregnancy together. Kirk said the spike in pregnancies in their town is similar to spikes in other cities. The mayor made her comments after she and other leaders in the community held a closed meeting to discuss the issue. The principal was not present.

Kirk said:
"We'll start with the alleged pact. We have not been able to confirm the existence of a pact. We are seeking to understand whether it's based in rumor or in fact. The privacy of our students and families is our number one concern.

There will be no comments about particular students in our schools. Regarding the contraceptive policy of the Gloucester Public Schools-- policy decisions regarding the distribution of contraceptives to students rests solely with the Gloucester School Committee. Current school policy does not permit the distribution of contraceptives in our schools. Regarding health education, budget cuts over the last six years have forced the elimination of almost one hundred teachers and staff in our school department, resulting in cuts to programs and services to Gloucester children, including health education."

"The information from the principal has not been verified by any other source. We are talking to the folks who work with children one on one, and there's been no independent confirmation of the alleged pact."

Good Morning America is doing this story tomorrow!

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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