17 teen girls made pact to get pregnant, school officials say
"Is it coincidental that this happens just after the movie Juno is released on DVD?"
I would say the leaking of the story may not be coincidental, but the pact itself cannot have anything to do with "Juno" because some of these girls got pregnant many months ago. They had to have been trying awhile before the movie even came out.
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Heck, I had a baby at 19 and it was a long hard road....
My daughter is 15 (going to be 16 in a couple months) and I put her on the pill 2 years ago. I told her it was to help
I think the important thing to note is they all are under the age of 16 and got pregnant on purpose (allegedly). Developmentally they do not understand the lifetime impact of their choice - they don't understand that they are putting themselves on a hard road as well as the children they are giving birth to. The foundation for preventing this needed to happen years before this pact was made. These young girls are the kind who would benefit from the proverbial village being involved in their lives. These girls, if truly from lower income familes are repeating patterns without even knowing they are doing it.
They entered this pact for reasons far beyond what you will ever read in the paper - and it has very little to do with the current media circus. They all long to belong and as the first and the second girls really got pregnant the fear of not being part of the group became more important than any personal doubts or concerns they may have had. Imagine how the world must appear when belonging to a group with this noteriety seems like a better choice than graduating from high school and going out into the world.
My SIL had a baby at 15 and it has been a very hard road. She had lots of help with the other sils and my mil but I can guarantee she would not recommend this life for another - just like I, who had my first at 20, would also advise young women to think it through.
This issue is deeper than the material level the media is putting out there. These girls have NO idea - none or the full implications of their choices. Let's just hope no one makes a movie out of this story!
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"Plus, while I do think it's important to support teen moms to help them get their diplomas, it shouldn't be glamorized and an attractive option for these girls."
It's so hard to think of what to do in this situation. When I was in high school in the mid-90s, girls who got pregnant got shunted off to a district-wide "Moms" program, where most of them proceeded to drop out. You can imagine their partners did not suffer the same indignity.
I'm not sure what should be done re: pregnant teenagers and school, but I know one thing for sure: whatever they do to/for the teenage mothers, they should also do to/for teenage fathers.
I read this in the morning. Are these girls brain-damaged, or is that an insult to those who have suffered injuries to the head? Surely even they have better judgment than these girls.
On the other hand, this would really be a way to stick it to the people who say, "Well, if everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you?"
I agree, there's a culture of acceptance of teen pg, and a need to feel "important," (i.e. the self-esteem issues addressed in the article).
I think there needs to be better sex ed, access to contraception, *and* a way of helping girls to feel valued and important w/o getting pg!
Honestly though, I think this has little to do with whether contraceptives are/were available--these girls went and had sex with the intention of getting pregnant.
My DH just sent me the link when I saw your post.
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