More strange tales from modern high schools.

Here’s an interesting little news story for ya:

Pregnancy Boom at Gloucester High

Apparently, there’s a record number of high school girls at this school expecting babies because they all made a pact with each other to strive to get pregnant and then raise their babies together. The town is heavily Catholic, and birth control is not advocated by the community, and two of the school officials ended up resigning in protest or resignation or perhaps just sheer mental exhaustion after trying to promote birth control to these teens and being told to stop it by the mayor and the town in general.

And here’s my favorite part: the reason all these girls are doing this, apparently, is because they’re all looking for unconditional love. Check out this quote:

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.” 

(emphasis is mine)

Hello? They don’t feel loved unconditionally. So… they’re… having… babies…. It really says something about modern family dynamics, doesn’t it?

I know, I know, this isn’t really a homeschooling issue. But it’s not exactly doing much to SELL ME on the idea of actually EVER sending my daughters to high school, either.

Yeah. We homeschool. Unconditionally.

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8 Responses to “More strange tales from modern high schools.”


  1. 1 Maria June 19, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Wow. On so many levels. Wow that the girls think this is a viable option. Wow that they weren’t taught differently. Wow they followed through. Wow what is their/their childs life gonna be like? Wow we’ve come a long way from throwing girls in a convent when their p.g. and that’s good, but wow this isn’t what we had in mind. Wow at a quote from the article: “Families are broken, many of our young people are growing up direction less” To me, this story is about families, not the schools.

    “No one offered them a better option” to pregnancy the article continued to say. Which they mean birth control as a better option, which the almost all Catholic town was trying to prevent the schools from offering. This isn’t a sex ed issue either. Here is a thought: How about responsibility, love, family, friendship and growth as an option instead of sex and pregnancy.
    NAAAAWWWW that would be too hard. And probably not giving the kids their “rights” or “options” either.

    Again. Wow.

  2. 2 Mommylion June 19, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Oh my gosh, this happened in our town and is actually one of the reasons we chose to homeschool. A few years back ELEVEN local high school girls made the same pact to get pregnant and succeeded. They wanted to all have babies at the same time so they could all raise them together. Many of these kids were teacher’s kids. You can imagine their futures were mixed, but some of them did okay with their parents’ help. Four became teachers themselves.

    Fast forward a few years and we were taking our kids to a pre-school play group sponsored by the school. It was run the four teachers whose pact-children were all in the group. There was NO organization, NO learning. It was chaotic and dangerous and the ‘girls’ (now the teachers) had no interest in doing anything but socializing with their friends (their original goal). Their children were horrible bullies that were out of control. AND these four teachers would have been in charge of my children’s first two years of school. It was a nightmare, but since they attained teaching positions despite being teen moms they represent a big community success story, so no one would listen to complaints.

  3. 3 Heather June 20, 2008 at 9:07 am

    I read about this on a local news website. The part I found particularly horrifying was that since pregnancy was the only goal, no thought was wasted on the child’s future or the risks involved getting that way. One father was a 24 year old homeless man, the article said. Would it be wrong of me to assume the majority of these girls came from upper/middle class families and are ignorant of what life is like without a father present, or for the single mother trying to support a child and have a life at the same time?

    Good lord, consider the company you and your children would be keeping if you had chosen to “raise your kids together” with your High School friends. Holy Cow.

  4. 4 RegularMom June 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Heather, Oh.My.God. That’s so true. I’m sitting imagining if I’d done the same thing with my high school “friends” and it’s making me feel all grossed out. BLEAH.

    And Mommylion, yeah, I can see why you decided to homeschool. What a nightmare!

    And Maria, yeah. I hear you. I’m all like: WOW, too.

  5. 5 Carol June 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    O.K., I’m in the minority here. My son has always gone to public school, is 15 years old and doing really well. His response to the news story was a)he felt sorry for the babies, b)he didn’t believe the girls had any clue what caring for an infant would be like, c)he wondered how they were going to get jobs which would allow them to afford to be single parents, and finally d)”Those guys were really stupid, now they are going to be responsible for a baby for 18 years or more and they will have to pay child support too.” Sometimes talking to my son is reassuring.

  6. 6 AztecQueen2000 June 20, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I feel sorry for their babies. No matter the mother’s age/maturity level/ability to cope, babies come into this world completely helpless. For the first several weeks, they’re only able to respond by crying. How many of these babies are going to end up getting shaken in a fit of frustration when the young moms realize that they’re not just cute, smiley dolls? And that “unconditional love” that these girls want? Babies take a lot more love than they give, especially in the beginning.
    Sure, I loved babies when I was 15. I always knew I wanted one–but I didn’t have a baby until I was 25 and married!

  7. 7 Mom #1 June 21, 2008 at 3:01 am

    I. Don’t. Have. A. Thing. To. Say.

    Yikes! I have never heard of such a thing. There aren’t enough hours in the day for me to type what I’m feeling as I read that story.

  8. 8 RegularMom June 21, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Carol,

    Thank you for your comment. Your son’s remarks certainly are reassuring. It’s good to know that there are kids in the public schools with integrity, still. Your son sounds like one of those kids. 🙂 And all of his remarks are correct, if you ask me.

    Still… I’m planning on homeschooling high school anyway. 🙂


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