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Archive for Friday, June 20, 2008

Reports: Teens made pact to get pregnant

June 20, 2008

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— A pact made by a group of teens to get pregnant and raise their babies together is at least partly behind a sudden spike in pregnancies at Gloucester High School, school officials said.

Principal Joseph Sullivan told Time magazine in a story published Wednesday that the girls confessed to making the pact after the school began investigating a rise in pregnancies that has left 17 girls at the school carrying a child. Normally, there are about four pregnancies a year at the school.

Sullivan told Time that students were coming to the school clinic multiple times to get pregnancy tests, and "seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were."

Some of the girls reacted to the news they were pregnant with high fives and plans for baby showers, Sullivan said. One of the fathers "is a 24-year-old homeless guy," Sullivan told the magazine.

Superintendent Christopher Farmer said the girls who made the pact are generally "girls who lack self-esteem and have a lack of love in their life."

Comments

unite2revolt 6 years, 6 months ago

hmm, does anybody know if in Mass. they are required to tell parents if kids come to them for pregnancy tests?

loki8025 6 years, 6 months ago

Not only is this town a small fishing town that has been hit real hard with economic depression, I have been there. It is sad. Now, the parents of the girls can barely afford the children they have now. But that is what welfare is for right? Have everyone else that pay for the babies.

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