GLOUCESTER (WBZ) ― There's a stunning twist to the sudden rise in teen pregnancies at Gloucester High School. 17 students there are expecting and, according to a published report, most of them became that way on purpose.
Time Magazine is reporting that nearly half of the girls confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. None of the girls is older than 16.
Principal Joseph Sullivan said that wasn't all that was shocking.
"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.
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."
NOTE**** I have sourced the story and this particular story was fabricated out of typical media hype . I have left the story up because it may have a different set of numbers and letters but if you check out this link or talk to the public you will find...fact....there is a huge rise in teen pregnancies and a lot of these girls are having babies to fill a void they feel can only be filled with a child of their own where in fact they can receive an unconditional love!
Licenses are mandatory to hunt for animals and fish...but anyone can bring an innocent child to this earth without any question.
For heaven sakes...you cannot even adopt a pet these days without proper identification and license.
The article above just adds to my concerns and my utter shame of what is happening out there to our young people. Where does this need to find unconditional love come from?
Is it from their upbringing, their family dynamics....unless we live with these girls, will we ever know exactly what has caused this void inside of them.
It is true that any new cool idea does spread like wild fire and a good majority of those people tend to be followers. "They know not, what they are doing" and have no real reason for their actions. But there is an original person with a definite reason for starting this type of trend. Maybe even many.
What is going to happen to these young children when the mother has no idea how to care and nurture for this child brought into this world to be her companion - That is exactly what it is all about.
An innocent child, brought to this world for all the wrong reasons with a mind that will be twisted and controlled to be the mother's own little puppet or companion.
This is not the answer in finding an unconditional love. If a person does not love themselves inside unconditionally, they will never have the freedom to be loved by or to love anyone else unconditionally .
The only reason these girls are doing this is because they can! I have to say that I deem this as a form of child abuse.
This should be outlawed and a new set of rules should be written up to protect unborn children.
We fight abortion every step of the way, but we turn a blind eye to these under aged girls as they determine that they are for to be a parent for the reasons of needing an unconditional love companion.
I know that some of you reading this will shake your heads and question, "who am I to make such a statement?"
I am a person that cares enough to try to reach out and make a difference in this world before it is totally corrupt. I have also raised 4 children of my own and I can tell you from experience that the mother in most cases is the one responsible for that child. The fathers will not stay at home while the mother goes out dancing or partying with their girlfriends. Nor will they relish in the idea of getting up with a sick child that cries for hours and hours. Most of the families do not want to be responsible for that child either, they have their own lives to live.
Are there not already enough babies left behind or dumped in garbage dumpsters like they are nothing more than a litter of unwanted kittens?
Are there not enough children in orphanages and foster care because the mother could not care for her child that she wanted so badly to fill that void of unconditional love?
How many grandmothers are out there today that have already raised their own children and are now becoming custodial parents of their grandchildren due to the inability of the mother or father responsibility?
I have spent time looking at video's in regards to supporting teen moms...I have talked to many young mothers to be, and I am not so closed minded that I do not commend those young mothers that are responsible and have been taught how to be a committed parent or partner. I am the first person to be amazed and to give compliment on what a young person can do and can carry through.
The saying, "Babies having Babies", definitely does send a message, unfortunately the young girls do not want to hear it and that is another sign of immaturity.
I too was very young when I had my first child and I too was the one that stayed at home night after night and day after day because I was raised in a home that strongly catered to this saying, "You made your bed, you lay in it". My child's father was too young and too concerned with his needs and his socializing to understand his role as a parent at that age.
It is not that I am against young mothers at all, it is the reason for the pregnancies that are becoming a trendy thing, so to speak. Which is what is very scary.
If it is unconditional love that these girls are looking for, then maybe our education system should be looking into some type of self-esteem courses that are mandatory right from grade school and up.
I will continue expressing my concerns in regards to these young mothers that consider having a baby an answer to their inner emptiness.
Today I have shared enough thoughts and I hope that even one young girl will be reached by my message here today.
Please understand that there are many reasons to have a child and there are many to not have a child!
Live your life as it is meant to be lived!
Enjoy your youth as it will not return a second time!