Time.com is reporting that officials are investigating whether half of the teens made a pact to get pregnant during the school year.
Beginning last fall a large group of girls started asking the school clinic for pregnancy tests.
“Some girls seemed more upset when they weren’t pregnant than when they were,” principal Joseph Sullivan told Time.com.
The pregnancy rate at the 1,200-student school is four times higher than the previous year, and officials were shocked to learn that men in their 20s had fathered some of the babies, the article said.
“We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy,” Sullivan told
The girls who made the pregnancy pact—some of whom, according to Sullivan, reacted to the news that they were expecting with high fives and plans for baby showers—declined to be interviewed. So did their parents. But Amanda Ireland, who graduated from Gloucester High on June 8, thinks she knows why these girls wanted to get pregnant. Ireland, 18, gave birth her freshman year and says some of her now pregnant schoolmates regularly approached her in the hall, remarking how lucky she was to have a baby. “They’re so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally,” Ireland says. “I try to explain it’s hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m.”
These young girls have NO idea what they have done. The unconditional love part doesn’t come until you have spent many thankless years of your life changing diapers, preparing food, teaching them everything you know and giving them all of your money! If I hadn’t had my husband to relieve me after a colicky day, I am not sure I would have hair or nerves now…
A baby is not a doll, it cannot be turned off and it certainly can’t be put away when the excitement has worn off.