Pregnancy pact

Bill Boettcher has demanded that I blog this bizarre news story.  From

As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are
expecting babies?more than four times the number of pregnancies the
1,200-student school had last year. Some adults dismissed the statistic
as a blip. Others blamed hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up
for glamorizing young unwed mothers. But principal Joseph Sullivan
knows at least part of the reason there's been such a spike in teen
pregnancies in this Massachusetts fishing town. School officials
started looking into the matter as early as October after an unusual
number of girls began filing into the school clinic to find out if they
were pregnant. By May, several students had returned multiple times to
get pregnancy tests, and on hearing the results, “some girls seemed
more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were,” Sullivan
says. All it took was a few simple questions before nearly half the
expecting students, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to
get pregnant and raise their babies together. Then the story got worse.
“We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy,” the
principal says, shaking his head.

Noted without further useless comment from me.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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