Teen Pregnancy Pact

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- 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 nearly half of the expecting students, none over 16, were involved. Sullivan said 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 confirmed the deal to WBZ-TV, saying the girls had "an agreement to get pregnant."

He said the girls are generally "girls who lack self-esteem and have a lack of love in their life."

The first reports of the students' apparent plan to get pregnant were in the Gloucester Daily Times in March, when Sullivan said students were reporting that the girls were getting pregnant on purpose.

The rash of pregnancies has shaken the seaside city about 30 miles north of Boston. Last month, two officials at the high school health center resigned to protest the resistance from the local hospital to the confidential distribution of contraceptives. The hospital administers the state money that funds the clinic.


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  • by hope Location: NC on Jun 20, 2008 at 11:39 PM
    J, what are the BOYS doing?
  • by MO3 Location: Pink Hill on Jun 20, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    I know when I was a teacher assistant a girl at the school I was at (a k-8 school) got pregnant at age 10 (5th grade) and thought it was okay. They allowed her to continue to go to school until she was showing. What is this world coming too? My 10 year old cant take care of himself (or so he thinks) I know he can not take care of a baby. We parents need to stick together and do a better job of parenting. Tell you kids about sex then tell them all the dangers and ways to prevent it. PLEASE!
  • by J Location: NC on Jun 20, 2008 at 12:14 PM
    They think its a joke and almost all girls today in elementary are having sex w/ anyone
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Jun 20, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    It's Massachusetts..What do you expect? More on welfare for the hardworking to support.
  • by Cliff Saxon Location: Altoona, AL on Jun 20, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    Oh, I failed to mention, if this happened in the Middle East, they would be put to death!
  • by Cliff Saxon Location: Altoona, AL on Jun 20, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    If this happened in Signapore, these girls would be flogged in public.
  • by Blsdbyangel07 Location: Beaufort Co on Jun 20, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    This story really shocked me as to why these girls think an baby will solve their loneliness. Truth is once reality sets in when the baby comes they will probably regret it. As an 25 y/o single mom it is hard to survive! I can not imagine being 16 or younger with an baby. What the heck were they thinking? And it's disgusting to think one of them had an baby with an homeless dude. She did not even know him who only knows what he may have. UGH and where are the parents? Yes I know parents cannot be with your children 24/7 but It is very sad. When my son is an teenager better believe I'll know where he is and what he is doing. I feel for the innocent babies who are being brought into this world.. I just pray and hope these teenage girls grow up and take responsibility for their actions. God bless this family :)
  • by Michelle Location: NC on Jun 20, 2008 at 08:30 AM
    It doesn't make any sense to me why theses girls are doing this. Now here are 17 babies that will be born without fathers, not to mention that they'll probably be living off the system. It saddens me to know that this is how they THINK they can get the love they are missing from home. Where are their parents? These girls don't know what they have in store for them now.It's so sad
  • by bj Location: nc on Jun 20, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    These girls don't know what they are doing. They are throwing the lives away. I have a 21 year daugther that is a single mom and it's very hard. She is a full time mom and as will as the only provider. She has to pay her own health insurance and that is a big part of her pay. I really don't know what these girls are thinking. These babys are going to pay for this dumb stunt.I think we pay too much of our tax dollars now for this kind of stuff. Enough is Enough. Think about these baby's it not a joke. IT'S LIFE
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