Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sugar & Spice & Pregnant Before 16?

There's a stunning twist to the sudden rise in teen pregnancies at Gloucester High School. 17 students there are expecting and, according to a published report, most of them became that way on purpose.

Time Magazine is reporting that nearly half of the girls confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. None of the girls is older than 16.

Principal Joseph Sullivan said that wasn't all that was shocking.

"We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy," he told Time.

When asked why a former pregnant high school girl, Amanda Ireland, posed an answer and responded with: "They're so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally."

HT: Drudge

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Who is responsible for such behavior? Society? Parents? The girls? All of them?
-Do you think a teenage girl should have confidentiality when her parents still support her?
-Love unconditional... it seems that the girls would have learned this when their parents introduced them to Jesus of the scriptures and every time they entered church. He can give so much more than a baby can yeah? I wonder if He was even introduced to them?
-Are these girls thinking in the short term? What happens when that fatherless baby gets their age?


Timm said...

"They're so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally."

As a father of three little girls, that comment absolutely breaks my heart. A part of me says that this is societies fault, part says the parents and yet another part says the church is partially to blame. I wish a true believer could reach out to these girls and show them the love of Christ.

When I was working with the youth group at my church I had to explain fatherly love to a few of the girls there because they had never known a father. I always tell them that they can know a fathers love by looking to their heavenly Father. There is the example of unconditional love that I wish these girls knew.

Craig said...

This is very disheartening. To answer your questions:

1) Everyone, but the parents the most. I say everyone because look at how they are being exploited by the media.

2)No they should not have confidentiality.

3) They probably are thinking short term, if they were thinking at all.

misawa said...

Hmmm... more to say on this, Monday, I have.