High School Pregnancy Pact of 17 Pregnant Classmates at Gloucester High

High School Pregnancy Pact17 teenage girls at Glouscester High in Massachusetts are about to have a very abrupt and rude awakening due to the pregnancy pact these teen girls agreed to. A pregnancy pact made by a group of teens to get pregnant and raise their babies together is at least partly behind a sudden spike in pregnancies at Gloucester High School, school officials said.

Glouscester High’s Principal, Joseph Sullivan, told Time magazine in a story published on Wednesday that the girls confessed to making the pact after the school began investigating a rise in pregnancies that has left 17 girls at the school carrying a child. Normally, there are about four pregnancies a year at the school.

Some believe hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up make getting pregnant seem so appealing, as well as television shows like The Secret Life of the American Teenager for glamorizing young unwed mothers, and I have to say I’ve been concerned about this as well. Tweens and teens seem to think that having babies is all fun and games, but as The Washington Post says, “Babies Are No Joke”, and I agree that Hollywood needs to accept some responsibility and get real.

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. Some of the girls reacted to the news they were pregnant with high fives and plans for baby showers, Sullivan said. So did their parents. “We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy,” the principal says, shaking his head.

Superintendent Christopher Farmer confirmed the pact, saying the girls had “an agreement to get pregnant.” He said the girls are generally “girls who lack self-esteem and have a lack of love in their life.” The first reports of the students’ apparent plan to get pregnant were in the Gloucester Daily Times in March, when Sullivan said students were reporting that the girls were getting pregnant on purpose.

Pregnant Teen MomNBC’s new six-part series, “The Baby Borrowers”, debuts on Wednesday, June 25th. NBC and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy are attempting to warn teens about the dangers of pregnancy. On Baby Borrowers, five couples (18 to 20 years old) are given the opportunity to find out what life is really like taking care of babies, toddlers, tweens, teens and elderly folks, with all the details captured on camera. In my opinion, they’re starting several years too late, with greater attention needed on tweens and teens entering middle school and throughout high school.

On the show, the five teen couples live together for the first time and fast-forward through the various stages of parenthood, starting by wearing an “empathy belly,” then caring for a real live infant. After a few days, the couples move beyond babies to toddlers, preteens, young teenagers and eventually senior citizens.

Whatever happened to the Baby Think it Over life-size baby doll which allows teens to experience some of the demands of caring for babies? Since girls are getting pregnant at a much younger age, isn’t it about time parents and schools work together to educate tween and teen girls about sex, pregnancy and Parenting 101 starting at a much younger age? Most babies delivered by teen moms have absentee fathers, and the parents of pregnant teen girls often end up having to struggle through helping these babies raise their own babies. What a sad story for everyone involved.

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  1. raetsel says:

    the high school where i live (an hour from gloucester) has a nursery in it & i find it absolutely ridiculous. should it really be made easier for them to become educated and etc. if they make such poor decisions to become pregnant at this age (and should we really be paying for this amenity in our school systems)? i personally don’t think so.
    as others have said previously, slutty behavior period in this day & age is glorified. on top of this, it seems that the feared consequences from yesterday for most bad behaviors out of teenagers are all but a memory.

  2. a Cadet Staff Sergeant at the Gloucester High School JROTC says:

    I’m Kathleen Guyer. I’m 16 and a sophomore at Gloucester High School in Gloucester, MA. It’s been months since this all happened, yet you incompetents still argue over this? Why?

    Here are some points that you’ve stated that aren’t true in any way, shape, or form.

    To Sarah:
    Not all men seek sex, yet most do due to human nature. Also, we can’t be sexist on this matter because most, if not all woman, desire sex. Babies freshly out of the womb touch themselves and you masturbate throughout your entire life. Masturbation and sex is normal. This “scandal”, as the media has called it, has nothing to do with television, movies, music, magazines, celebrities, etc. It was done on their own free will. Lastly, usually the girl who has had the most discipline in her household is the one to rebel against her parents and go out and do promiscuous activities.

    To Rebecca:
    Monogamous marriage is a religious sacrament. Religion is not allowed to be preached in our school systems considering the fact that this is the 21st century and we have many different religions in our school system and we can not preach Catholicism.

    To Sammy:
    There has been no account of meth at my school. Not every person that goes through those doors smokes weed and partakes in “swigging whiskey”. I do not smoke, drink or ingest, inject, smoke etc. any drugs. Also, most girls who got pregnant were on the pill and the pill did not work.

    To firerobin:
    Don’t believe everything you hear/see/read/watch on the news. It’s hardly ever 100% correct. Have you not learned from your ancestors back in the late 1800s?

    Again I state that I am a 16 year old girl from Gloucester High School in Gloucester Massachusetts. I’m in the JROTC program. Last year, our football team, cheer leaders, drill team, rifle team, photo class, etc. had very good years. I was on drill team. We were number 2 in the nation out of 45 teams and got 1st place in two out of four of our events.

    We had two girls in the program who were pregnant. One girl was 19, and married. Another was on the pill and became sick and had to take an antibiotic. Still from those two girls, not including the other 15, I was called numerous times by reporters from 3 different news stations, asking me if I knew any of the “pact girls” or if I was one of them. I finally told a reporter off and that he should stop bothering these girls because they had enough on their plates. All of you who still bring up this, it isn’t making anything better. If anything, it’s making it worse.

    Not all of the girls at GHS are sluts. I’ve been in a relationship for about a year. I plan on being with this kid forever. I’m on the pill and I’m not pregnant. I have a plan for my life. Graduate high school, go to college to become a vet or a mammalogist, pursue my career, and then start a family. Don’t talk of all of us like that. Just because a few girls screwed up, doesn’t mean the rest of us are screw ups.

    You all have a right to your opinion but think of your past. When did you first kiss a boy/girl? When did you first become intimate with them? What was your mindset as a teenager? Think of history. All the historical figures and their sexuality. We have to get it from somewhere, you see.

    On another note, I believe that “The Secret Life of An American Teenager”, is a horrible show and it has nothing to do with reality. Only some girls go through that, not all.

    I’m done retorting to your foolish remarks. Read this and think.