US schoolgirls make 'pregnancy pact' to raise children together
A school in Massachusetts, America, is investigating reports of a ‘pregnancy pact’ among its schoolgirls, after a surge in the number of teenage girls expecting babies.
A report from Time magazine has revealed that 17 girls at a school in the predominantly Catholic fishing town, Gloucester, with a population of just 30,000, are pregnant – four times as many as last year. All 17 of the girls at Gloucester High School are 16 or younger.
The headmaster of the school, Joseph Sullivan, spoke to the magazine saying last autumn officials spotted a number of girls at the school had been requesting pregnancy tests from the clinic. By May this year, the clinic’s nurse had distributed 150 tests and some students were returning for more.
Mr Sullivan explained: ‘Some girls seemed more upset when they weren’t pregnant than when they were.’
After questioning the schoolgirls, almost half confessed to making a pact with their friends to get pregnant and raise their children together.
Some of the fathers were men in their twenties and Mr Sullivan explained: ‘We found out one of the father is a 24-year-old homeless guy.’
Teenage pregnancy in the US has increased for the first time in 14 years. Some blame films like Juno and Knocked Up, claiming they are pro-pregnancy. Whilst celebrities like Jamie Lynn Spears are also being blamed, after the 17-year-old sister of Britney gave birth to a baby girl yesterday.