Teens Had Pact To Get Pregnant

June 19th, 2008 Posted By drillanwr.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WBZ) ― There’s a stunning twist to the sudden rise in teen pregnancies at Gloucester High School. Seventeen students there are expecting and many of them became that way on purpose.

Time Magazine first reported that nearly half of the girls confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. None of them is older than 16.

Schools Superintendent Christopher Farmer told WBZ’s Bill Shields Thursday the girls had “an agreement to get pregnant.”

Farmer said these are generally “girls who lack self-esteem and have a lack of love in their life.”

“The common threat is the lack of self-esteem and purpose in life, and a lack of a sense of direction,” said Farmer. “Young women wanting and needing affection.”

Principal Joseph Sullivan has not returned calls from WBZ for comment.

Sullivan told the magazine that the pact wasn’t the only shocking incident.

“We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy,” he told Time.

Last month, two top officials at the high school’s health center resigned in a fight over contraceptives distribution.

Medical Director Dr. Brian Orr and chief nurse practitioner Kim Daly support confidentially giving contraceptives to students. They were outraged about resistance from Addison Gilbert Hospital, which administers the state public health grant that funds the school clinic.

(ME here: THIS really don’t mean jack to this story, as the girls were NOT going to use said birth control … they WANTED to get pregnant … DUH! So this mention of this non-relevant detail is nothing more than a side-handed promotion of public school distribution of contraception.)

Normally, the school has about four pregnancies per school year.

According to Time, school officials started looking into the spike in pregnancies after an unusual number of girls came to the school clinic for pregnancy tests. Some came by several times.

“Some girls seemed more upset when they weren’t pregnant than when they were,” Sullivan told the magazine.

The pregnant girls and their parents turned down requests to be interviewed.

A recent graduate who had a baby during her freshman year told Time she knows why the girls wanted to get pregnant.

“They’re so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally,” Amanda Ireland, 18, said. “I try to explain it’s hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m.”

Ireland also spoke with WBZ about her young pregnancy.

“I don’t call it a mistake because the way I look at is everything happens for a reason,” Ireland said. “But, no, she was not planned.”

WBZ has also tried to contact Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Public Health Director Jack Vondras. Both are said to be out of town this week.

Beyond the social implications of the pregnancies, there are some legal questions being asked, including whether the men who fathered the babies will face charges of statutory rape.

6 Responses

  1. Kentucky Jim

    “They’re so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally,”

    Just like they all love their parents? This is what comes from listening to too much liberal (il)logic, and telling God to get out of our lives, schools, and society for 40 years.

  2. mindy abraham

    :roll:people like them should not have kids.

  3. Kufir Ken

    :arrow: “I don’t call it a mistake because the way I look at is everything happens for a reason,”

    Yep and that reason is “Hello Ms. Egg, I’m Mr. Sperm.” Nothing more mystical about it than that. Pretty simple reason. Dude didn’t pull out.

  4. TOM

    Ridiculous, but that just goes to show how our educational system and health care systems have failed. Not due to the people not wanting to make a difference but due to lack of resources. Long story short, better education equals better choices made by students, its bad that our educational system is still politically living in the 50s when the rest of the world has long since made it past the ultra conservative method of teaching of such subjects like sex and roles and responsiblities of parenting. Better health care would distribute the contraceptives to the kids that need it, its a simple solution for this problem.

  5. Nicole

    Kentucky Jim, I find your post disappointing. You are suggesting that religion would have made a difference here. The reality is likely that these girls do not have good family lives in the home they are growing up in, and they clearly are missing the education and support that would tell most peole that having a baby at 16 or 17 will be rough and likley make them miserable. Religion does not make a family any better in caring for their children or educating them about reality. There are messed up kids in all families, God or no God. This is a deeper social issue.

  6. Deena

    Kentucky Jim, I was raised in a very religious family and all it taught me was shame and guilt. I had horrible self-esteem partly because I was told that I was a sinner - even as a very young child. I felt that I couldn’t approach my family with questions regarding sex, drugs, etc…so, of course, I had no defenses when peer pressure was applied. I became pregnant at 15 and then again at 17. Even after the first pregnancy, I was not given access to birth control or counseling. I’m not blaming anyone for things that I did but..how I wish my parents had been a bit more liberal and been people that I could discuss things with. Bad advice, Kentucky Jim.

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