By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 6:10 am in Teens.
UPDATE: The news just keeps getting weirder. Now the mayor of Gloucester, MA, is denying that the pregnancy pact announced by a Massachusetts high school principal ever existed, and one of the teens involved agrees. She told “Good Morning America” that the girls only teamed up after they discovered they were pregnant.
Seventeen. Count them: 17 teenagers at a Massachusettes high school got pregnant on purpose. The girls, ages 16 and under, entered a pact to get pregnant. Some were disappointed when the school nurse informed them their pregnancy tests were negative. Their reason for doing this, according to the school superintendent Christopher Farmer: “They will have a baby as part of their life to give them status. Motherhood gives them status.” No, what it gives them first and foremost is a child.
The questions that beg to be asked here is where were their parents? Where has our education system gone so wrong that children think having children is a smart choice? They don’t have their high school diplomas and most are without jobs. How do they plan to adequately care for a child?
On Wednesday, NBC starts airing “Baby Borrowers,” an experiment where teenagers contemplating parenthood get a firsthand look at life raising a child. It’s beginning to look like what passes for reality TV may in fact turn out to be a much-needed public service announcement.